The later rounds of the NFL Draft have been a wonderful mine of hidden gems over the past 10 years.
Players such as Tom Brady, Terrell Davis, Harold Jackson, Shannon Sharp and Richard Dent were all selected in the sixth round or later, only to later go on and leave their indelible mark on the NFL.
But what’s even more intriguing is the fact that late rounders are often considered “cellar dwellers” or players not fit to win a roster spot in the NFL—let alone a starting job.
It’s this indisputable fact that reminds every fan, writer and expert that there really isn’t any way to truly know what a player—regardless of draft rank—will really do once he has that golden opportunity to be a pro.
The Minnesota Vikings will inevitably be on the lookout for such a diamond in the rough.
With a bevy of concerns that need to be addressed, the Vikings will need every one of their draft picks to count.
From the very first selection, to the last, the Vikings will be looking to score themselves seven high quality players that can be integrated into their system early. Hopefully these players can contribute immediately in an effort to become legendary in the future.
Let’s take a look at five budding possibilities—stemming from the fourth round to the seventh—the Vikings could kick the tires on and possibly why.