QBs The Minnesota Vikings Drafted Since Tommy Kramer
Since 1977, the Minnesota Vikings have chosen eleven quarterbacks in the NFL draft.
Only two have been in the first round and had mixed results for the Vikings.
Some have had long careers and others are mere footnotes.
In a time when some Vikings fans are considering the possibility of drafting a quarterback to be the face of the franchise, I thought I would run down the drafted picks in the modern era to see how the Vikings have done historically in drafting that position.
1977 Tommy Kramer, Rice
Round 1 pick 27. In 13 seasons in Minnesota, Kramer went 54-56, had a 159-158 TD/Int ratio, and went 2-3 in playoff games.
That's about as close to .500 as you can get on all accounts.
1979 Steve Dils, Stanford (use your imagination on the pic)
Round 4 pick 97.
In six seasons for the Vikings, Dils started 15 games, going 6-9 with a 15/18 TD/int ratio.
After his most significant starts in Minnesota, he was traded to the Rams in 1984. In the next five years he started 12 games for the Rams and Falcons to no great results.
1981 Wade Wilson, Texas A&M Commerce
Round 8 pick 210. Played 10 of his 17 seasons in Minnesota, going 27-21 in 48 starts. TD/int ratio was an unimpressive 66-75.
Went 4-3 in the playoffs including a 17-10 loss to the Redskins in the NFC Championship Game in 1988. Nothing significant in the rest of his career in Dallas, New Orleans, Atlanta and Oakland.
1985 Steve Bono, UCLA
Round 6 pick 142. Had a stint with every team in the league during his 14 year career (just kidding, it was only 7 teams).
Only attempted 11 passes as a Viking before moving on after two seasons.
Backed up two Hall of Famers in San Francisco as third QB and had little playing time there.
Enjoyed some success in his fourth stop (Kansas City) where he made a Pro Bowl and his only career playoff start (a 3 interception loss to the Colts in 1996).
1987 Brent Pease, Montana (not him in pic)
Round 11 pick 295. Never took a snap in Minnesota and had only 3 starts in his two year career in Houston.
1992 Brad Johnson, Florida State
Round 9 pick 227.
Had two different stints in Minnesota totaling 7 seasons of his 15 year career (so far). 4-4 in career playoff games, losing his only one in Minnesota.
Won a Super Bowl 37 as a Buc and made the Pro Bowl once in the run to the Big Game and once as a Redskin the season after Minnesota traded him for the 11th overall pick.
Career numbers are 72-53 win/loss, 166/122 TD/int and 62% completions.
Seemingly, his teams always tried to upgrade from him but rarely did. Had very good numbers in Minnesota until Brad Childress became head coach.
1993 Gino Torretta, Miami Fl.
Round 7 pick 192. The Heisman Trophy winning QB never attempted a pass for the Vikings and was 5 of 16 for 41 yards, one TD and an INT in Seattle three years later.
Actually suited up for a total of five teams in his 4 years but didn't play at all. That is the entire career for you.
1995 Chad May, Kansas State (not him in pic)
Round 4 pick 111. Never had an NFL snap. Did nothing as a pro.
1999 Daunte Culpepper, Central Florida
Round 1 pick 11. With the pick acquired from Washington for Brad Johnson, the Vikings took the huge Culpepper.
Daunte made three Pro Bowls and narrowly missed the league MVP in 2004 to a record breaking Payton Manning.
In his seven years in Minnesota he completed 64% of his passes and had over 20,000 passing yards, 135/86 TD/int ratio and was 2-2 in the playoffs.
His win loss record was a disappointing 38-42 however, and he fell out of favor with new coach Brad Childress when he asked for a new contract while on crutches from a terrible knee injury in the previous season.
Has spent a season each with Oakland, Miami and Detroit, and has a shot at starting for the Lions in 2009.
2006 Tarvaris Jackson, Alabama State
Round 2 pick 64. After the longest stretch of not taking a QB in the draft in team history (seven years), the Vikings traded up into the bottom of the second round to nab the strong armed and athletic former transfer from Arkansas. Jackson is entering his fourth season with the Vikings and has had mixed results so far. In his 19 starts he is 10-9, throwing for 20 TDs, 18 ints and a low 58% completions. His only playoff action was in a loss to the Eagles in the 2008 Wild Card Game. Will battle with newly acquired Sage Rosenfels for starting duty in 2009.
2007 Tyler Thigpen, Coastal Carolina
Round 7 pick 217. The first player from small Coastal Carolina to ever be drafted, Thigpen never took a regular season snap for the Vikings.
He was placed on the practice squad in 2007 and picked up by the Chiefs, with whom he has started 11 games and had mild success for a terrible team.
May be headed for the bench again with a completely new regime installed in Kansas City.
2008 John David Booty, USC
Round 5 pick 137. Has yet to do anything for the Vikings other than playing badly in preseason action.
Developmental prospect who has a good pedigree, nice college resume and time to try and figure out the NFL game.