As the Minnesota Vikings look to complete their coaching staff, they are also building their database for the upcoming draft class. The ranking of draft prospects is not an exact science. If it was, there wouldn't be so many misses in the draft.
A list of first-round draft picks the Vikings misjudged include wide receiver Troy Williamson in 2005, defensive end Kenechi Udeze in 2004 and defensive tackle Dimitrius Underwood in 1999.
At the same time, there are a handful of players that no one saw coming. Players that were flying so far under the radar, that every team in the NFL passed on them—several times. The biggest surprise in Vikings' franchise history is defensive tackle John Randle.
The Vikings signed Randle as an undrafted rookie free agent out of Texas A&I in 1990 (later renamed to Texas A&M Univeristy-Kingsville). At that time, the NFL draft was 12 rounds. All 28 teams passed on Randle a total of 331 times—the number of players selected that year. In 2010, Randle was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He played 11 seasons with the Vikings and is the franchise leader in sacks with 114 sacks.
The players profiled on the following slides are projected as late-round draft picks, going somewhere after the fifth round in the upcoming NFL draft.
Who knows, hopefully there's another future Hall of Famer just waiting for the opportunity to prove it.