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Minnesota Vikings: Top First-Round Picks in Franchise History

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I have had the great opportunity to write quite a few articles on Bleacher Report, and if you just pan over some of the crazy articles I've written, you know that sometimes we undertake a challenge of considerable magnitude. This article, is such an example as I sat around the other day and asked, “I wonder who the best first round draft choices are in Vikings history?”

Actually, the idea proved harder to address than I had anticipated. For instance, and I am not a math genius, but the Vikings are about to embark on their 52nd draft.

Of the prior 51 drafts, the Vikings have had 52 first-round picks, but there were years where we had multiple Round 1 picks, and years with no picks, so to have it work out the way it did was interesting. The most the Vikings had was in 1967 Minnesota when they had three first-round picks.  

Of the 52 players selected by the Vikings, not all were memorable picks. In fact, some were quite forgettable. However, I decided to focus on 10 players and give honorable mentions to 10 others. They are in order of year drafted, so there's no, “Who’s the best?” That's entirely up to you.

OK, let’s take a draft trip down memory lane and be sure to let me know your thoughts.

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