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Seven Days to the Draft: Who is the greatest 7th round pick in Vikings’ history?

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We’ll make it easy, since there are only two real choices

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One week from tonight, ladies and gentlemen, all of the speculation will come to a head as we will all be watching the 2018 NFL Draft live from Jerryworld in Dallas, Texas. To count down to this year’s festivities, we’re going to take a look back and see if we can’t figure out who the best player the Vikings have taken in each round of the selection process is.

Now, we’re limiting this to the number of rounds in today’s draft process. . .after all, there was a time where the draft went on for 20 rounds, so we’re not going back that far. But, we’ll take a look back at who the best players the Vikings took in each round, starting with Round 7 today and commencing with Round 1.

Thanks to our extensive database of every draft pick the Minnesota Vikings have ever made, and the fact that it’s easily sortable, it’s easy to find all of the players the Vikings have drafted in Round 7 going all the way back to 1961. However, among all the names, there are only two of them that really stand out as all-time great members of the purple. Even better, they were drafted in back-to-back years, no less.

Steve Jordan, TE, Brown University - Jordan was taken in the seventh round of the 1982 NFL Draft, and had a stellar career for the Vikings. He’s still pretty much the gold standard for tight ends that have put on the purple, as he leads all players at the position in team history in both receptions and receiving yardage (Kyle Rudolph has surpassed him for most touchdown catches by a tight end). In fact, the only two players at any position in team history that have more receptions than Jordan’s 498 are Cris Carter (1,004) and Randy Moss (587).

Carl Lee, CB, Marshall University - In the next year’s draft, the Vikings struck gold in the seventh round once again with the selection of Lee. As things stand today, no cornerback in Minnesota Vikings’ history has played more games at the position than Carl Lee, who logged 169 games as a member of the Vikings (starting in 144 of those, including six seasons where he started all 16 games). As a member of the Vikings, Lee intercepted 29 passes, which places him sixth all-time in franchise history in that category.

Those two guys are pretty much the gold standard for seventh round picks in the history of the Minnesota Vikings. After looking through the list, I’m not even sure how many other guys you could make convincing arguments for. So, we’ll leave it at the two of them for the title of best seventh round pick in Vikings’ history.

We’ll move on to the sixth round tomorrow.

Poll

Who is the greatest seventh round pick in Minnesota Vikings’ history?

This poll is closed

  • 73%
    Steve Jordan (1982, Brown University)
    (1266 votes)
  • 26%
    Carl Lee (1983, Marshall University)
    (447 votes)
1713 votes total Vote Now