5 Biggest NFL Draft Blunders in Minnesota Vikings History

5 Biggest NFL Draft Blunders in Minnesota Vikings History

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The NFL Draft is an inexact science, and every team has their share of hits and misses. Sometimes the misses are not that bad, but other times they can be devastating to a franchise and set them back for years to come. Hindsight is 20/20. With that in mind, let’s look back and see what could have been if Minnesota had not committed these five draft day blunders.

5. Drafting Kenechi Udeze over Vince Wilfork

Vince Wilfork
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5. Drafting Kenechi Udeze over Vince Wilfork

Vince Wilfork
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In 2004, Minnesota drafted USC DL Kenechi Udeze with the 20th overall pick. Udeze played three seasons with the Vikings and recorded 117 tackles and 11 sacks. One pick later, the New England Patriots selected DL Vince Wilfork. Wilfork is still with the Patriots and has recorded 469 tackles and 16 sacks in his career.

4. Drafting Troy Williamson 7th overall

Roddy White
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4. Drafting Troy Williamson 7th overall

Roddy White
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In 2005, Minnesota owned the 7th overall pick and used it on WR Troy Williamson. Williamson played with the Vikings for three seasons and scored a grand total of three TDs. Minnesota could have drafted DeMarcus Ware or Derrick Johnson. If Minnesota was set on selecting a WR, they should have taken Roddy White who was selected 20 picks later at No. 27 overall.

3. Drafting Erasmus James over Aaron Rodgers

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3. Drafting Erasmus James over Aaron Rodgers

Aaron Rodgers
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The draft of 2005 was not a good draft year for the Vikings. After taking Troy Williamson with the 7th pick, they took DL Erasmus James with the 18th overall pick. James played four seasons in the NFL, recording 37 tackles and five sacks. Six picks later, Green Bay selected QB Aaron Rodgers, and I think he has worked out pretty well for them.

2. Drafting Christian Ponder 12th overall

Christian Ponder
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2. Drafting Christian Ponder 12th overall

Christian Ponder
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In 2011, four QBs were taken in the first 12 picks. The last of those QBs was Christian Ponder. Minnesota could have taken DL Nick Fairley, Robert Quinn or Ryan Kerrigan. They also could have chosen OL Mike Pouncey or Nate Solder. If Minnesota really wanted a QB, they should have taken Colin Kaepernick, who was taken 24 picks later by the 49ers.

1. Trading Multiple Draft picks for Herschel Walker

Herschel Walker
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1. Trading Multiple Draft picks for Herschel Walker

Herschel Walker
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On Oct. 12, 1989, the Minnesota Vikings made what many consider the worst trade in NFL history. Minnesota traded eight draft picks to the Dallas Cowboys for RB Herschel Walker. Dallas used some of those draft picks to take Emmitt Smith, Darren Woodson and Alvin Harper. This trade started Dallas on their way to three Super Bowls.


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