The Vikings are scheduled to make eight selections in the 2018 NFL Draft, beginning with the first round on Thursday night.
The draft will be historic for multiple reasons. It will be the first to occur in Texas and the first hosted by an NFL stadium. It also is an opportunity for the Vikings to add to their lore.
Minnesota is scheduled to select once in the first (30th overall), second (62nd), third (94th), fifth (167th) and seventh (225th) rounds and three times in the sixth (204th, 213th and 218th).
Anyone who has followed the Vikings in recent drafts has witnessed General Manager Rick Spielman’s penchant for trades, so those spots could change, but in the lead-up to this year’s “player selection meeting,” we thought we’d recap players who have come off the board at the corresponding spots in the past 10 drafts.
2017 Steelers: T.J. Watt, LB, Wisconsin
2016 Panthers: Vernon Butler, DT, Louisiana Tech
2015 Packers: Damarious Randall, CB, Arizona State
2014 49ers: Jimmie Ward, S, Northern Illinois
2013 Rams: Alec Ogletree, LB, Georgia
2012 49ers: A.J. Jenkins, WR, Illinois
2011 Jets: Muhammad Wilkerson, DT, Temple
2010 Lions: Jahvid Best, RB, California
2009 Titans: Kenny Britt, WR, Rutgers
2008 Jets: Dustin Keller, TE, Purdue
Defense does it: A defender has gone off the board at this spot in each of the past five drafts. Watt totaled 7.0 sacks in 15 games as a rookie. Randall totaled 10 interceptions in 30 starts over the past three seasons and was dealt to Cleveland for DeShone Kizer last month. Ogletree started 67 games for the Rams and was traded to the Giants in March. Wilkerson, who started 101 of 105 games played for the Jets, has one Pro Bowl to his credit and joined the Packers this offseason.
2017 Steelers: JuJu Smith-Schuster, WR, Southern Cal
2016 Panthers: James Bradberry, CB, Samford
2015 Packers: Quinten Rollins, CB, Miami (Ohio)
2014 Patriots: Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, Eastern Illinois
2013 49ers: Christine Michael, RB, Texas A&M
2012 Packers: Casey Hayward, CB, Vanderbilt
2011 Dolphins: Daniel Thomas, RB, Kansas State
2010 Patriots: Brandon Spikes, LB, Florida
2009 Titans: Sen’Derrick Marks, DT, Auburn
2008 Patriots: Terrence Wheatley, DB, Colorado
Strong debuts and peaking pair: Smith-Schuster caught 58 passes for 917 yards and seven touchdowns, including a 97-yarder in his debut season with the Steelers. Bradberry has started all 29 games he’s played. After heading to San Francisco, Garoppolo won all five of his starts to end 2017. He and the 49ers are scheduled to open 2018 at Minnesota. Hayward has reached the Pro Bowl in each of his past two seasons as a Charger.
2017 Steelers: Cameron Sutton, CB, Tennessee
2016 Seahawks: Nick Vannett, TE, Ohio State
2015 Packers: Ty Montgomery, WR, Stanford
2014 Browns: Terrance West, RB, Towson
2013 Ravens: Brandon Williams, DT, Missouri Southern