Vikings Grade Well In 5-Year Study Of NFL Drafts

Posted by Mike Wobschall on April 5, 2011 – 10:12 am

I mentioned last week that draft time is a great time to be a Vikings fan, pointing out 4 primary reasons: 1) the draft annually represents a “new” season, 2) this year’s draft is deep with talented players, particularly on defense, 3) the Vikings have a great track record in the draft under VP of Player Personnel Rick Spielman and 4) the Vikings have a full contingent of 9 selections in this year’s draft.

Fortifying the argument for point #3 is a recent study conducted by CSN Bay Area and writer Matt Maiocco in which they analyze the past 5 NFL drafts (2006-2010). In their study, the Vikings ranked 7th among the NFL’s 32 teams, an impressive accomplishment and one that helped the Vikings win back-to-back division championships in 2008 and 2009.

The survey took into consideration: where teams selected; how many star players were acquired; booms and busts at the top of the draft; late-round gems; and how the players selected contributed to wins and losses. In fairness, we must point out that Spielman’s first draft with the Vikings was in 2007, but this study covers 4 of Spielman’s drafts in Minnesota and is a legitimate gauge of his and the Vikings entire personnel department’s performance.

Here is the commentary next to the Vikings in the study: “Peterson, Sidney Rice and Percy Harvin have been to Pro Bowls. In fact, Peterson has been to Pro Bowls in his first four seasons after being chosen No. 7 overall in 2007. The Vikings have not missed with their first-round picks. Defensive end Ray Edwards, a fourth-round pick in 2006, has 26.5 sacks over the past four seasons. During this time, McCauley, a third-round pick in 2007, is the only player selected before the fourth round who is no longer on the roster. The only problem with their drafts over the past five years is that they have not set themselves up at quarterback. The Vikings selected Tarvaris Jackson with the 64th pick in 2006, but then opted on luring Brett Favre out of ‘retirement’ the past two years.”

Here is where other NFC North teams ranked: Packers (1st), Bears (16th) and Lions (19th).

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