Top Draft Choices in Vikings History: What Is Your Vote?

On Monday, Vikings.com writer Mike Wobschall posted an article and accompanying video that covered the Top 5 Draft Choices in Vikings History.

Wobby’s list included the following players in the respective order:

          5. LB Scott Studwell (9th round, 1977)

          4. WR Randy Moss (1st round, 1998)

          3. DT Alan Page (1st round, 1967)

          2. QB Fran Tarkenton (3rd round, 1961)

          1. RB Adrian Peterson (1st round, 2007)


While I certainly can’t disagree with these names, it got me thinking about other players not on the list that would be a close runner-up.

For me, I can’t help thinking Cordarrelle Patterson.

I know I’m premature here, and I’ll probably get some serious flack for it… although we’ve only been able to see Patterson in one season of action thus far, the numbers–and pure speed–speak for themselves! During the 2013-14 season, Patterson grabbed 45 receptions for 469 yards. It can also be argued that, had Minnesota had a more consistent QB situation, the rookie would have delivered even stronger numbers.

Had the Vikings not traded up to get the receiver in the first round, the offense would have a very different look.

I would love to get some reader feedback on this one … which Vikings draft pick would you add to this list?



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Lindsey Young

Lindsey Young (Featured Columnist) is a graduate of University of Northwestern – St. Paul and is an avid Minnesota sports fan[atic]. It’s been argued females don’t know much about sports, but she begs to differ. Her work has been featured on Bleacher Report, KSTP.com, and Fox Sports North. In addition to her work with VT, Lindsey is a contributing writer for Canis Hoopus, runs a bi-monthly fan feature for Timberwolves.com and is a freelance writer for Vikings.com. You can read her blog at Making the Call and follow her on Twitter.

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  1. Not to mock your effort. Bus Patterson shouldn’t even be in the top 15 list yet..
    He has had 1 year in the league.. Let the man show what he can do before even being mentioned in the same sentace as Randy Moss, Tarkenton or Alan Page.
    I think as of now, even Harvin and Sidney Rice is ahead of him.. (also why I think Peterson shouldn’t be #1 on the list just yet).
    Patterson might be in the conversation some years down the road though..

    1. No offense taken. I know you’re probably right 🙂 I tend to get overly excited about the up-and-coming guys before they’ve really cemented themselves in the league. Thank you for reading and for sharing your opinion — much appreciated!

  2. Jeff Dugan
    2004, Round 7, pick number 220

    What are you thinking, Lindsey? How on earth could you not include our favorite hunk of man meat, Jeff Meta Universal Peace Dugan, in you best draft picks ever poll?

  3. I picked Kevin Williams.
    When Pat William was playing along side him, creating the ‘Williams Wall’, they led the league 3 consecutive years in Run defense. Those guys were in a class by themselves and Kevin had a lot to do with that.
    Plus, he’s been the epitome of a Pro football player; Never in trouble, always there.

  4. It’s hard to argue against Randall McDaniel. When someone’s in the debate for the greatest to ever play their position, they make my top 5. I think that the others on the list (with the exception of Studwell) could also claim they’re one of the best to ever play their position. Which is why I’d replace Studwell with McDaniel.
    I’d also put Ron Yary ahead of everyone on the vote list; except for McDaniel and probably Eller.

  5. I cheated and said John Randle as an UDFA. Undrafted rookies kinda count right? I gave more credit to lower picks because first round picks should be stars.

  6. Matt Birk
    6th rounder, pick 173 (Harvard)
    6 time pro bowler
    2 time all pro
    6 time Vikings “Man of the Year”

    Nuff said.

  7. McDaniel closely edges out Studwell. Maybe the writer forgot he’s a Hall of Famer. Agree 100% with you on Patterson, it’s just too early to put him with these names. My guess is, he gets close to cracking the list after supplying enough to be critiqued. SKOL!!

    1. I agree with McDaniel. He tops the list as far as what he accomplished IHMO. I also weigh what type of person they are also. His character was flawless, and to me that makes him even a better pick.

      1. Remember his funky stance?
        Definitely not textbook, But man he could block!

  8. Lower round guys should always be the focus on these surveys, but it’s hard to argue with including some of the all-time greats that were first round picks. Norse bringing up Birk is a great example. The man that took over for him is 6th rounder and current starter John Sullivan who is etching out a nice career (but he’s no Matty B). Eddie McDaniel was a 5th rounder who put in ten solid years. I agree on Johnny Randle as a UFA and Tinglehoff is another undrafted guy that went on to greatness.

  9. Definitely Eller in 64 — besides he was a Golden Gopher –played in the Rose Bowl!
    And Ron Yary 68 — yet another Rose Bowler and HOFer!

    1. Great players, but both chosen top 6, they should be great. No credit for players chosen street 200 who become HOFers? (Birk/Randall)

  10. 1977 first round pick 27th overall… Tommy Kramer
    Two-minute Tommy knew how rally the Vikings.


    Chuck Foreman – 1st round 1973 12th overall pick.
    Rookie of the year 1973
    5 consecutive Pro Bowls

    Boy do I feel old… but I sure enjoyed watching them play!

    1. Excellent choices, Carl. Excellent!!

      Should we consider our Hall of Fame QB drafted by the Minnesota Vikings in the 3rd round (29th overall) of the 1961 NFL Draft… Fran Tarkenton? Or wasn’t he good enough to be considered a great draft pick?

    2. Chuck Foreman is my all-time favorite Viking. When I was a kid, whenever we played football, I always pretended to be #44. It wasn’t until A.D. rushed for 2000 that my brother got me to admit that Adrian might be as good as Chuck was. When Floyd Little got in H.O.F. a couple of years ago it gave me hope that maybe one day Chuck would be considered. Unlikely, but still have hope.
      Chuck, Walter, and John Brockington. Back in the black and blue days; I miss’em.

  11. Jeff Dugan – 2008

    Rushing Attempts – 4
    Rushing 1st downs – 4

    Average yards per carry – 1.8
    Fumbles – 0

    1. Dugan is also credited for flawlessly collecting the towels after everybody showers and keeping the cooler filled with high quality H2O.

  12. Joey Browner, the league had to institute the Horse Collar penalty because of him. My friends and I referred to him as Death; “here comes Death.”

  13. I voted for Carl Eller ONLY because Randall McDaniel should be #4 instead of randy moss ( I can’t even bring myself to capitalize his name.) I know a lot of younger fans will disagree but he really has no place on this list. Eller and McDaniel were and are accomplished human beings. They were also grreat football players in their own right. I believe both attributes should count towards being on this list.. IMHO.