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10 Years of NFL Drafts Show Impact Players Possible for Vikings

The Vikings are scheduled to make eight selections in the 2018 NFL Draft, beginning with the first round on Thursday night.
Wilkerson, who started 101 of 105 games played for the Jets, has one Pro Bowl to his credit and joined the Packers this offseason.
Bradberry has started all 29 games he’s played.
94th 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 2012 Giants: Jayron Hosley, DB, Virginia Tech 2011 Jets: Kenrick Ellis, DT, Hampton 2010 Colts: Kevin Thomas, DB, Southern Cal 2009 Titans: Ryan Mouton, DB, Hawaii 2008 Patriots: Kevin O’Connell, QB, San Diego State Baltimore finds interior force: Vannett has 15 catches on 19 targets in two seasons.
West started 13 of 16 games played for the Ravens in 2016.
After four seasons with the Jets, Ellis played in nine games for the Vikings in 2015.
204th 2017 Jets: Derrick Jones, CB, Mississippi 2016 Dolphins: Jordan Lucas, S, Penn State 2015 Ravens: Darren Waller, WR, Georgia Tech 2014 Panthers: Tyler Gaffney, RB, Stanford 2013 Chiefs: Braden Wilson, FB, Kansas State 2012 Browns: Emmanuel Acho, LB, Texas 2011 Broncos: Virgil Green, TE, Nevada 2010 Panthers: Tony Pike, QB, Cincinnati 2009 Cardinals: Will Davis, DE, Illinois 2008 Dolphins: Lex Hilliard, RB, Montana Mining a tight end: Green turned out to be quite the seventh-round find for the Broncos.
He started 49 of 100 games played for Denver, totaling 71 receptions for 807 yards and four touchdowns.
218th 2017 Chiefs: Leon McQuay, S, Southern Cal 2016 Bills: Kevon Seymour, CB, Southern Cal 2015 Raiders: Anthony Morris, OL, Tennessee State 2014 Ravens: Michael Campanaro, WR, Wake Forest 2013 Eagles: Jordan Poyer, DB, Oregon State 2012 Chiefs: Jerome Long, DT, San Diego State 2011 Packers: Ryan Taylor, TE, North Carolina 2010 Bears: J’Marcus Webb, T, West Texas A&M 2009 Packers: Brad Jones, LB, Colorado 2008 Lions: Caleb Campbell, DB, Army Couple of guys on the rise: Campanaro had a career-best 19 receptions for 173 yards and a touchdown in 2017.
Webb started 44 of 46 games played, including one for the Vikings in 2013.

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.

30th

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.

62nd

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.

94th

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

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