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Within Reach: Looking at Recent Picks & Vikings History at 253

EAGAN, Minn. — The 2020 NFL Draft could present the Vikings with the chance to select from the 253rd overall spot for the third time in franchise history.

Minnesota hasn't picked at No. 253 since the 1969 NFL Draft, when the team grabbed defensive back Tom McCauley in the 10th of 17 rounds. The defensive back out of Wisconsin never played a game for the Vikings. He instead spent three seasons with the Falcons.

The Vikings also had the 253rd selection in the franchise's inaugural draft in 1961. They picked Presbyterian fullback Bill Hall, but he never appeared in an NFL game.

Thanks to an expansion of the NFL to 32 teams and a truncation of the draft, the 253rd spot is now in seventh round near the event's conclusion.

View every Vikings first round draft pick through the years.

What type of player might be within reach this time around when they go on the clock at No. 253 (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. Earlier in the series, we covered picks No. 22, No. 25, No. 58, No. 89, No. 105, No. 132, No. 155, No. 201, No. 205, No. 219 and No. 249.

In addition to players selected 253rd overall since 2015, we're taking a look at the players who were selected a pick before and after No. 253 in each draft. We'll also mention a couple of notable names that landed with other teams.

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252. Josh Furman, DB, DEN – has not played in an NFL game

253. Xzavier Dickson, LB, NE – has not played in an NFL game

254. Rory Anderson, TE, SF – has not played in an NFL game


252. Beau Sandland, TE, CAR – spent time on practice squads for Carolina, Green Bay and Arizona from 2016-18 but has not played in an NFL game

253. Kalan Reed, CB, TEN – played in seven games for the Titans in two seasons

254. The 2016 NFL Draft did not have a 254thpick.


252. Matthew Dayes, RB, CLE – returned 18 kickoffs for 437 yards for Cleveland as a rookie; played just seven games for the 49ers in 2018 and returned one kickoff for 17 yards

253. Chad Kelly, QB, DEN – the nephew of Pro Football Hall of Fame QB Jim Kelly; played in one game for the Broncos in 2018 as the backup to Case Keenum but was released in October; currently on the Colts roster

254. The 2017 NFL Draft did not have a 254thpick.


252. Rod Taylor, G, CIN – placed on Injured Reserve by the Bengals in August 2018; has not played in an NFL game

253. Auden Tate, WR, CIN – started 10 games in 2019 and totaled 40 catches for 575 yards and a touchdown

254. Korey Cunningham, T, ARI – has played seven games for the Cardinals and the Patriots


252. Ken Webster, CB, NE – started five of eight games played as a rookie; totaled 19 tackles (17 solo) and a pass defensed

253. Jordan Brailford, DE, WAS – was placed on Injured Reserve by Washington in September

254. Caleb Wilson, TE, ARI – the 2019 Mr. Irrelevant selection spent time with the Cardinals and Redskins last season; currently on Washington's roster

View photos of players who NFL expects believe the Vikings could select in the 2020 NFL Draft.

Others of Interest at 253

2010: Tampa Bay Buccaneers – DE Erik Lorig, Stanford

Lorig transitioned from defensive end to fullback/tight end in the NFL and started 30 of 66 games played for the Bucs and Saints from 2010-14. In 2012, he helped block for Doug Martin's 1,454 yards and 11 touchdowns. Lorig scored his first career touchdown at Minnesota in October 2012.

2007: Cincinnati Bengals – DB Nedu Ndukwe, Notre Dame

Ndukwe played in 14 games (two starts) as a rookie for the Bengals and snagged a career-high three interceptions. He played under Vikings Head Coach Mike Zimmer, who served as Cincinnati's defensive coordinator, from 2008-10, during which he started 29 of 39 games and totaled 213 tackles, three interceptions, 5.5 sacks, 12 passes defensed and two fumble recoveries, one of which he returned for a touchdown.

2000: Detroit Lions – DT Alfonso Boone, Mount San Antonio Junior College

Boone was drafted by the Lions but ended up with a division rival, playing the majority of his 10-season NFL career with the Bears (2001-06). The JUCO product played 129 total games (41 starts) and recorded 194 career tackles and 15.5 sacks. In 2007, he started all 15 games he played for the Chiefs.

1987: Indianapolis Colts – DB Chris Goode, Alabama

Goode built a respectable NFL career, starting 66 of 96 games played for the Colts from 1987-93. The Alabama native recorded seven interceptions and six fumble recoveries.