Joey Browner, 1983, Rd. 1, Pick 19
After two years of playing cornerback and starting nine games, the Minnesota Vikings made a great decision in 1985 to start Browner at the strong safety position.
From 1985 to 1990, Browner was a Pro Bowler all six years and was a first team All-Pro three times. The 1987 season may have been his most impressive when he started only 12 games, yet still recorded a career high in interceptions (six).
Joey finished his Vikings career with 37 interceptions, which was good for fourth in Minnesota history.
Matt Blair, 1974, Rd. 2, Pick 51
It took a few years on the bench for this linebacker prospect out of Iowa St. University to start to make his presence felt on the Vikings. From the the 1976 season to the 1984 season, Blair was a fixture at the left side linebacker position, starting in 122 of his 126 games during that span.
Blair even had a span from 1977 to 1982 when he made six consecutive Pro Bowls and was a first team All-Pro in 1980.
Chuck Foreman, 1973, Rd. 1, Pick 12
Foreman was a major contributor to the Vikings' offense right from the get-go. In his first six seasons, Chuck averaged 241 rushes and 944 rushing yards per season, as well as 53 receptions and 485 receiving yards. He even led the NFL in receptions, with 73 in the 1975 season.
In only eight seasons in the NFL, Foreman was a Pro Bowl participant five times and was a first team All-Pro once in 1975.
Robert Smith, 1993, Rd. 1, Pick 21
Robert Smith is currently the Vikings' all-time leading rusher with 6,818 yards, despite playing only eight seasons in the NFL and retiring at the young age of 28.
Smith retired after the 2000 NFL season, in which he had 295 carries, 1,521 yards, seven touchdowns and a 5.2 yards per carry average.
He finished his career with two Pro Bowl appearances and averaged 4.8 yards per carry.