The good thing about picking 30th overall, which the Vikings will do in this year’s draft, is that you are coming off a great season. The bad thing is that typically the elite talent in a draft class is usually gone by the time the end of Round 1 comes around.
But that doesn’t mean teams selecting in the late stages of the 1st round can’t acquire talent with their pick. In doing some quick research, I found that the Vikings have picked 30th overall once in Round 1 and selected WR Bill Miller. The Vikings also chose QB Fran Tarkenton in 1961 with the 29th overall selection.
There’s optimism to take in as we wait for the draft to start and then for 29 other selections to go down. In the past 5 drafts, some pretty talented players have been taken with the 30th overall pick.
2009: WR Kenny Britt (Tennessee)
2008: TE Dustin Keller (NY Jets)
2007: WR Craig Davis (San Diego)
2006: RB Joseph Addai (Indianapolis)
2005: TE Heath Miller (Pittsburgh)
Just some food for thought as we wait tonight for the Vikings to make their pick. With the exception of Davis in San Diego, that list of players is a productive one.
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