EAGAN, Minn. — The 2020 NFL Draft could become the first time for Minnesota to use the 205th pick in franchise history.
Interestingly, the Vikings have made the 204th pick twice (1965; 1978) and the 206th pick a whopping five times (1970, 1972, 1976, 1982, 1986 and 1991).
What type of player might be within reach this time around when they go on the clock at No. 205 (if Minnesota keeps the pick)?
Vikings.com is taking a look at players drafted at corresponding spots that Minnesota is scheduled to pick from between April 23-25. So far in the series, we've covered picks No. 22, No. 25, No. 58 and No. 89, No. 105, No. 132, No. 155 and No. 201.
In addition to players selected 205th overall since 2015, we're taking a look at the players who were selected a pick before and after No. 205 in each draft. We'll also mention a couple of notable names that landed with other teams.
Stats are from pro-football-reference.com.
204. Darren Waller, WR, BAL – converted to tight end and has started 20 of 38 career games for the Ravens and Raiders (missed the 2017 season due to suspension); after totaling 178 receiving yards from 2015-18, Waller racked up 1,145 in 2019 with Oakland
205. Josh Robinson, RB, IND – played just five games for the Colts in 2015
206. Aaron Ripkowski, FB, GB – played 47 games for the Packers from 2015-17; helped Jamaal Williams and Aaron Jones combine for 1,004 yards rushing in 2017
204. Jordan Lucas, S, MIA – played primarily on special teams in 14 regular-season games and three playoff contests for the Chiefs in 2019, including Super Bowl LIV
205. Harlan Miller, CB, ARI – played in just nine games over three seasons with the Cardinals and Redskins
206. Mike Thomas, WR, LAR – most-productive season occurred in 2017, when he had five catches for 93 yards; signed with Bengals last month
204. Derrick Jones, CB, NYJ – played four games in two seasons for the Jets
205. Jeremiah Ledbetter, DE, DET – played in all 16 games as a rookie but appeared in just one game with the Bucs in 2018
206. Sam Rogers, FB, LAR – spent time on the Rams and Bills practice squads but was waived prior to the 2018 season
204. Trenton Cannon, RB, NYJ – recorded 113 yards and one touchdown in 16 games as a rookie but did not have a carry in 2019
205. Trevon Young, DE, LAR – played two games for the Rams in 2018; signed to the Browns practice squad in December 2019 and remains with Cleveland
206. Matt Pryor, T, PHI – played 12 games for the Eagles in 2019
204. Travis Homer, RB, SEA – played in all 16 games for the Seahawks in 2019, making one start; totaled 18 carries for 114 yards; added 11 catches for 56 yards through the air
205. Duke Shelley, CB, CHI – played in nine games for the Bears, primarily contributing on special teams
206. Kelvin Harmon, WR, WAS – started eight of 16 games played, recording 30 catches for 365 yards as a rookie with Washington
Others of Interest at 205
2008: Indianapolis Colts – WR Pierre Garçon, Mount Union
Garçon proved to be a diamond in the rough, putting together an impressive 11-season NFL career. His top season occurred in 2013 in Washington, when he racked up 181 catches for 1,346 yards. Garçon was a regular target for quarterback Kirk Cousins from 2014-2016, during which he started 46 of 48 games played. He played 2017-18 for the 49ers.
1992: New England Patriots — FB Sam Gash, Penn State
Gash played 12 seasons for the Patriots (1992-97), Bills (1998-99; 2003) and Ravens (2000-02). He earned Pro Bowl nods in 1998 and 1999 in Buffalo under Head Coach Wade Phillips. Following his playing days, Gash crossed into the coaching ranks. He worked with running backs for the Jets (2006), Lions (2008-12) and Packers (2014-15) and in 2007 served as Detroit's assistant special teams coach.
1984: Indianapolis Colts – DB Eugene Daniel, LSU
Daniel had to wait quite some time to be drafted, but he made it worthwhile to the Colts. After being drafted in the eighth round, he went on to play 13 seasons for Indianapolis and one in Baltimore. He started 192 of 207 games and recorded 38 career interceptions, including an impressive eight in 1985, which tied for the AFC lead. In 1995, Daniel recorded the longest interception return in Colts history, scoring on a 97-yard pick against the Jets.