Vikings Tour Of Top 2007 Draft Picks Continues

Posted by Mike Wobschall on September 24, 2009 – 8:55 am

An interesting dynamic of the Vikings 2009 schedule is the number of top picks they’ll face from the 2007 NFL Draft. With the #7 pick from that draft – Adrian Peterson – on the Vikings roster, this schedule dynamic has created some interesting matchups.

Peterson and the Vikings began their tour of top 2007 picks in Week 1 when they faced LT Joe Thomas, who was the #3 overall pick from that year. In playing the Browns, the Vikings also faced the #22 pick from the ’07 draft, QB Brady Quinn.

In Week 2, the tour forged on as the Vikings defense was charged with the task of slowing down WR Calvin Johnson, the 2nd overall pick from the ’07 draft.

Now in Week 3, the Vikings will play their 3rd consecutive game against a player picked in the top 11 of the ’07 draft. LB Patrick Willis, who will lead the 49ers defense against Peterson and the Vikings offense, was taken with the 11th overall pick in 2007. In terms of actual matchups with the Vikings, this one is perhaps the most interesting. Peterson is the best RB in the NFL and Willis is becoming the best MLB in the game, and they have mutual respect for one another as fellow Pro Bowlers already in their brief careers.

Lastly, the Vikings travel to Arizona in Week 13 and will face RT Levi Brown, who was taken with the #5 overall pick in 2007.

Three of the players mentioned above – Peterson, Thomas and Willis – have made the Pro Bowl in both of their pro seasons, quite an impressive accomplishment. Another player – Calvin Johnson – will make several Pro Bowl appearances by the time his career is done.

The top picks in the 2007 draft make up an impressive list of players, and Vikings fans will get to see quite a few of them in 2009.

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2 Responses to “Vikings Tour Of Top 2007 Draft Picks Continues”

  1. By Bobby on Sep 24, 2009 | Reply

    slow news day? 95% of the teams in the NFL have a 2007 “top draft pick”…

  2. By mikewobschall on Sep 24, 2009 | Reply

    Yes, a lot of teams have a 1st round pick, but the point of the blog entry, if you read the whole thing, is that the matchups are interesting because of the success some of those players have had. Joe Thomas, 2-time Pro Bowler, against Jared Allen. Calvin Johnson, one of the top wideouts in the league, on the same field as Peterson, the best RB in the league. They were both taken in the same draft. Willis, one of the best LBs in the league, going head-to-head against Peterson. These are great individual matchups or “showdowns” between guys taken with just several picks of one another.

    Look at some of the other guys taken at the top of that round. Gaines Adams to Tampa. JaMarcus Russel to Oakland. LaRon Landry to Washington. Ted Ginn, Jr. in Miami. Those aren’t as interesting matchups as Willis, Thomas, Johnson and Peterson. Yet the Vikings meet a lot of the teams who chose wisely that year.

    So, no, not a slow news day. Just an interesting part of the schedule in my opinion that I wanted to share with you all.

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