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Within Reach: Looking at Recent Picks & Vikings History at 249

EAGAN, Minn. — The 2020 NFL Draft could present the Minnesota Vikings with the chance to select from the 249th overall spot of an NFL Draft for the second time in franchise history.

The only time that Minnesota drafted from the pick, the Vikings tabbed receiver Pat Newman out of Utah State in 1990. Newman didn't play for the Vikings. Instead he appeared in 34 games (33 with New Orleans and one with Cleveland) from 1991-94. Newman averaged 6.9 yards per punt return for the Saints in 1992.

The 249th pick was in the 10th round of what was then a 12-round affair. Thanks to an expansion of the NFL to 32 teams and a truncation of the draft, the 249th spot is now in the seventh round as the three-day event winds down.

What type of player might be within reach this time around when they go on the clock at No. 249 (if Minnesota keeps the pick)? 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, No. 89, No. 105, No. 132, No. 155, No. 201, No. 205 and No. 219.

In addition to players selected 249th overall since 2015, we're taking a look at the players who were selected a pick before and after No. 249 in each draft. We'll also mention a couple of notable names that landed with other teams.

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248. Ryan Murphy, DB, SEA – a cousin of Marshawn Lynch, Murphy eventually played three games for the Giants

249. Akeem King, DB, ATL – after five games with the Falcons as a rookie and time on practice squads in Atlanta and Seattle, King has appeared in 29 games in the past two seasons

250. Trevor Siemian, QB, DEN – went 13-11 as starter for the Broncos in two seasons after Peyton Manning retired; traded to Vikings in 2018 to back up Kirk Cousins; suffered a season-ending injury in lone game for New York Jets last season when backing up Sam Darnold; currently a free agent


248. Austin Blythe, C, IND – former Hawkeye found a home with Los Angeles Rams in 2017 and a starting gig in 2018 in time to help the Rams win the NFC Championship Game and advance to Super Bowl LIII

249. Prince Charles Iworah, CB, SF – spent time with San Francisco, Kansas City, Washington and Atlanta but only appeared in one career game

250. Scooby Wright, ILB, CLE – eventually landed in Arizona and appeared in 13 games for Cardinals from 2016-17

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248. Keion Adams, OLB, PIT – has not appeared in an NFL game

249. Chris Carson, RB, SEA – seventh-round steal has totaled 2,381 rushing yards and 16 touchdowns in the past two seasons; rushing yardage ranks fifth in NFL in that span

250. Pat O'Connor, DE, DET – picked up by the Bucs in his rookie season and has played in 11 games, including eight last season


248. Kendall Donnerson, OLB, GB – didn't play for Packers; signed a future contract with Raiders in December for 2020

249. Logan Whiteside, QB, CIN – has not appeared in a game; under contract with Titans in 2020

250. Ryan Izzo, TE, NE – caught six passes for 114 yards and a score after making pro debut in 2019


248. Joshua Miles, T, AZ – appeared in seven games, primarily on special teams

249. Michael Dogbe, DE, AZ – played in eight games after debuting in October

250. Austin Cutting, LS, MIN – phoned by Scott Studwell (also a former 250th overall pick of the Vikings) as last year's draft closed; Cutting played in all 16 regular-season games and both playoff contests as a rookie


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Others of Interest at 249

2014: St. Louis Rams — DE Michael Sam, Missouri

Sam, who was named the 2013 SEC Defensive Player of the Year after recording 10 sacks, became the first openly gay player ever drafted by an NFL team. He was cut at the end of training camp by the Rams and spent a short stint with the Cowboys before becoming the first openly gay player to appear in a CFL game.

2009: Cincinnati Bengals — DT Clinton McDonald, Memphis

McDonald played in eight games for Cincinnati when Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer was the Bengals defensive coordinator. He signed with Seattle in 2011, eventually recording five tackles and a fumble recovery for the Seahawks in Super Bowl XLVIII. McDonald, 33, has appeared in 121 career games, but his 2019 campaign with Arizona ended after nine outings because of an injury.

1979: San Francisco 49ers — WR Dwight Clark, Clemson

The 506 receptions, 6,750 yards and 48 career touchdowns that Clark recorded in nine regular seasons with San Francisco pale in comparison to "The Catch." Clark leaped up in the back of the end zone and brought down a pass from Joe Montana to lift the 49ers to a 28-27 win over the Cowboys in the 1981 NFC Championship on Jan. 10, 1982. Clark helped San Francisco win the first two Super Bowls in franchise history (XVI and XIX). "The Catch" ranked No. 2 last year in the NFL's list of its 100 Greatest Plays.