Obviously the first round was the most difficult to judge. So many elite players to choose from.
For many Vike fans today, the choices would boil down to either Randy Moss or Adrian Peterson. Certainly cases could be made for either of them. They're two of the most exciting and physically freakish players at their positions not only in Vikings' history, but NFL history.
And then you have Hall of Famers Carl Eller, Ron Yary, and Randall McDaniel, who were selected to an astounding 25 Pro Bowls between them.
But in the end I chose the best football player and man who ever wore a Viking uniform, Alan Page.
On the field, in 1971 Page became the first defensive player named MVP in league history. Combining passion, relentlessness, and instinct with tremendous quickness and explosiveness, he was able to dominate games in ways no other defensive tackle had been able to before.
He made nine Pro Bowl teams and was named NFL Defensive Player of the Year twice. He had 173 sacks (unofficially, because sacks have been an NFL stat only since 1982), blocked 28 kicks, and recovered 23 fumbles.
The 2000 Baltimore Ravens defense is often mentioned as one of the best (if not THE best) of all time. They held opponents to 10 points per game and won a Super Bowl. However, that magical year was straddled by two not-so-memorable seasons during which they allowed 17 points per game.
The Purple People Eaters held opposing offenses to 10 points per game, for three straight years, beginning in 1969.
Page was the best player on that defense, without question.
Off the field, Page earned his law degree while playing for the Vikings and has served as a Justice on the Minnesota Supreme Court since 1992, the first African American to do so. He's been involved in a multitude of philanthropic endeavors during and after his playing days.
Truly a player and man the Minnesota Vikings franchise and fans can be proud of drafting. The Best. I strongly believe, if every Viking who ever played could turn back the clock and was available in this year's draft, and Minnesota had the first pick, the name you'd hear at that spot would be Alan Page's.