So, in his latest post on ESPN's NFC North blog, former Vikings' beat writer and current ESPN blogger Kevin Seifert looks at the Vikings' quarterback situation. Most of it is stuff that we already knew, and makes sense. . .until we get to the end of the article, where Seifert gives us a list of first-round quarterbacks that Minnesota has "passed" on from 1990 to 2009. The table is, to say the least, hilarious.
First of all, here are some of the quarterbacks that we allegedly passed in given years, and the player the Vikings took instead.
1997 - Minnesota, selecting 20th overall, "passed" on Virginia Tech's Jim Druckenmiller in favor of Alabama linebacker Dwayne Rudd.
Results - Rudd was a pretty solid linebacker for the time he was in Minnesota, and for a few years elsewhere. . .Druckenmiller lasted two years in the NFL with the Niners, had a career completion percentage of about 40%, and was never heard from again.
More after the jump.
2002 - Minnesota, with the 7th overall pick, "passed" on Tulane's Patrick Ramsey to select Miami offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie.
Results - Yeah, drafting Patrick Ramsey with the 7th overall pick would have been a brilliant idea. Yeesh. But, hey, he's on our roster now. . .that has to make up for it, right?
2003 - The Minnesota Vikings "passed" on both Florida's Rex Grossman and Cal's Kyle Boller, instead opting to take some schmuck defensive tackle named Kevin Williams from Oklahoma State with the
7th 8th 9th overall selection.
Results - Heck, I'm surprised that Seifert didn't throw Byron Leftwich in there, too. . .it would have enhanced the suckage a little more. Still, we had to "settle" for the guy that's turned into one of the NFL's best interior defensive lineman instead of opting for one of those three sure-fire superstars.
2004 - Selecting at 20th overall again, the Vikings "passed" on Tulane's J.P. Losman in order to select USC defensive end Kenechi Udeze.
Results - J.P. Losman is bouncing around the UFL somewhere, I think. Kenechi Udeze, whose career was cut short by his battle with leukemia and once went an entire year as a starter without registering a sack, is still at least twice the player that Losman is. Probably more.
2007 - Again with the 7th overall pick, the Vikings "passed" on Notre Dame superstar Brady Quinn in order to take some loser running back named Adrian Peterson.
Results - Boy, the Vikings sure jacked this one up, didn't they? Instead of taking the best running back in the league, they could have opted for the guy that was last seen carrying Tim Tebow's clubs in Denver.
Seifert also points out that the Vikings "passed" on both Aaron Rodgers and Jason Campbell in 2005. . .and, he's right. The Vikings could have drafted either of those guys, and they didn't. However, there was a teeny-tiny little reason for that.
See, at the time, the Vikings had a 27-year old starting quarterback named Daunte Culpepper that had put up these numbers the season before:
69.2% completion rate, 4,717 passing yards, 39 TD, 11 INT
Can someone verbalize exactly how stupid the Vikings would have looked had they spent a first-round draft choice on a quarterback in 2005? Because I, personally, am having difficulty in doing so. I mean, yeah, if we had the clairvoyance necessary to tell us that Culpepper would get his knee turned into spaghetti six months after this draft took place, then Rodgers or Campbell would have been brilliant picks. But, we didn't.
He also points out that we missed out on Drew Brees in 2001, drafting running back Michael Bennett instead. Again, I feel compelled to point out that Culpepper's first year as a starter was the 2000 season, and all the kid had done that year was lead the Vikings to the NFC Championship Game. Spending a first-round draft choice on a quarterback, again, wouldn't have made a darn bit of sense.
Yeah, the Vikings haven't had the greatest quarterback lineage recently, and I do like the majority of Seifert's work. . .but his list of the quarterbacks that the Vikings have "missed out on" is dubious, at best.