The Minnesota Vikings Are Tops In The League At Something!

And, no, this time it does not have to do with arrests or anything negative. Well, I don't think it's a negative, anyway.

According to this article from ESPN.com NFC South blogger Pat Yasinskas. . .

Of the 32 players drafted by the Falcons since 2008, 26 are on the roster. That's 81.3 percent, which puts the Falcons second only to the Minnesota Vikings, who have an 82.1 percent retention rate in that same time frame (the percentages were current as of early Tuesday afternoon).

Well. . .I guess that's something. The Vikings have drafted 28 players since 2008, and all but five of those players are still on the Minnesota roster.

2008 Draft

Tyrell Johnson, S, Arkansas State - No longer on the roster
John David Booty, QB, USC - No longer on the roster
Letroy Guion, DT, Florida State - Still on the roster
John Sullivan, C, Notre Dame - Still on the roster
Jaymar Johnson, WR, Jackson State - No longer on the roster

2009 Draft

Percy Harvin, WR, Florida - Still on the roster
Phil Loadholt, T, Oklahoma - Still on the roster
Asher Allen, CB, Georgia - Still on the roster
Jasper Brinkley, LB, South Carolina - Still on the roster
Jamarca Sanford, S, Mississippi - Still on the roster

2010 Draft

Chris Cook, CB, Virginia - Still on the roster
Toby Gerhart, RB, Stanford - Still on the roster
Everson Griffen, DE, USC - Still on the roster
Chris DeGeare, G, Wake Forest - Still on the roster
Nate Triplett, LB, Minnesota - No longer on the roster
Joe Webb, QB, Alabama-Birmingham - Still on the roster
Mickey Shuler, TE, Penn State - Still on the roster (in a round-about way, since he was released, played for the Miami Dolphins, and re-signed)
Ryan D'Imperio, FB, Rutgers - Still on the roster

2011 Draft

Christian Ponder, QB, Florida State - Still on the roster
Kyle Rudolph, TE, Notre Dame - Still on the roster
Christian Ballard, DT, Iowa - Still on the roster
Brandon Burton, CB, Utah - Still on the roster
DeMarcus Love, G, Arkansas - Still on the roster
Mistral Raymond, S, South Florida - Still on the roster
Brandon Fusco, C, Slippery Rock - Still on the roster
Ross Homan, LB, Ohio State - No longer on the roster
D'Aundre Reed, DE, Arizona - Still on the roster
Stephen Burton, WR, West Texas A&M - Still on the roster

Heck, if you throw out the 2008 Draft, the Vikings are 21/23 (91.3%) as far as retaining their drafted players.

Hopefully with the ten selections they currently have in the 2012 NFL Draft, the Minnesota Vikings can continue to bring in young, solid talent that they feel they can build around. I'm not sure where the stats for "oldest" and "youngest" teams in the NFL can be found, but the Vikings have to be moving from being one of the former to one of the latter, and doing so in pretty rapid fashion.

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