2006 and 2007 were two of the best years in Vikings history when it comes to the draft: The Vikings came out of those two drafts with five key starters, a rare feat for any team.
The 2006 draft yielded three of those starters, all on the defensive side of the ball.
While many will contend that the Vikings made bad picks in Tarvaris Jackson and Ryan Cook in 2006, those picks become irrelevant in the grand scheme.
When looking through a team's draft history it is intriguing to see how many terrible picks are made. Suffice to say, when a team makes three great picks in a draft, the rest become irrelevant.
Though none of the 2006 draftees have turned into superstars, they are all great starters on a great defense.
Chad Greenway, drafted in the first round of 2006, tore his ACL before ever seeing the field in a regular season game during his rookie year.
Since then, Greenway has come back to establish himself as a solid outside linebacker on one of the best defensive units in the NFL.
Cedric Griffin, the Vikings' 2006 second round pick, is a rare cornerback who prefers contact to playing the ball. Griffin hits hard and is a great tackler; just what you want in a cover-two corner.
In the past two seasons, Griffin has played great football and established himself as one of the best tackling corners in the NFL.
While the defensive line gets much of the credit for stuffing the run, Griffin plays his part. He recorded over 90 tackles in 2007 and 2008.
Finally, Ray Edwards, the fourth round pick of this class, is defensive starter number three to come out of the 2006 draft for the Vikings.
Edwards is not overly flashy at left defensive end and benefits greatly from playing with three All-Pros on the defensive line. Still, he had a solid season in 2009 with 8.5 sacks.
In the Divisional round of the playoffs this year, Edwards was fierce, sacking Tony Romo three times and forcing a key fumble.
Edwards added another key sack and forced fumble in the NFC Championship against the New Orleans Saints. His performance in the playoffs may earn him a big payday in free agency in 2010.