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Daunte Culpepper To Announce Vikings' Second-Round Pick

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We passed along the news the other day that former Minnesota Vikings' linebacker E.J. Henderson was going to be announcing the team's third-round pick in this weekend's NFL Draft. Now, as it turns out, another former Vikings' draft choice is going to be getting into the act as well.

Per Chris Tomasson of the St. Paul Pioneer Press on the Twitter, former Vikings' quarterback Daunte Culpepper will be announcing the team's second-round pick on Friday night in Chicago.

Culpepper was the Vikings' first-round choice in 1999, when he was drafted 11th overall out of the University of Central Florida. He is, in my humble opinion, the best quarterback this franchise has had not named Fran Tarkenton, and put together one of the truly great seasons for a quarterback in 2004, when he set the NFL's single-season yardage record with 5,123 yards and finished second to Peyton Manning in the NFL's Most Valuable Player balloting. (If anybody ever wants to whine about Culpepper's abilities, just show them this post from Pro Football Reference.)

In a related story. . .man, it's been seventeen years since the Minnesota Vikings drafted Daunte Culpepper. Where the heck did the time go?

In addition, at the Vikings' Day 3 draft event at the Mall of America, current Vikings defensive end Danielle Hunter will be announcing the team's fourth-round selection, while former safety Paul Krause (who is still the NFL's all-time interception leader) will announce the team's fifth-round choice.

It's good to see the league getting some current and former players into the act on draft weekend. Hopefully the presence of some former Vikings greats will provide some good karma for the players they're announcing.