In just six days, the 2018 NFL Draft will be taking place in Dallas, Texas. We’re taking a look back at who the greatest member of the Minnesota Vikings that has been selected in each round of the draft over the years has been. We took a look at the seventh round yesterday, and with the countdown for this year’s draft at six, it’s time to take a look at Round 6.
We have a slightly higher number of choices for today’s group than we had for yesterday’s, so let’s take a look at what we’ve got here.
Joe Senser, TE, West Chester (PA) - A lot of today’s fans might know Senser best for his Minneapolis restaurant (or as the color commentator for the Vikings, a role he filled before Pete Bercich took over). Senser was selected in the sixth round of the 1979 Draft, but didn’t get onto the field until the 1980 season. He didn’t have a long career with the Vikings, only playing with the team until 1984, but he did put together what might have been the best individual season for a tight end in team history. In 1981, he caught 79 passes for 1,004 yards and 8 touchdowns, the only 1,000-yard receiving season for a tight end in franchise history.
Todd Scott, S, Southwestern Louisiana - Scott was taken in the sixth round of the 1991 NFL Draft, and had a few solid years with the Vikings. He made the Pro Bowl at the safety spot in 1992, intercepting five passes and returning one for a touchdown. That touchdown return might be what he’s most well known for, as that was the play that started the Vikings’ furious comeback win over the Chicago Bears in October of 1992 and nearly caused Mike Ditka to murder Jim Harbaugh on the Metrodome sideline. Scott played four years for the Vikings, and never really had the same level of success after he left.
Matt Birk, C, Harvard - The Vikings drafted Birk in the sixth round of the 1998 NFL Draft. Originally listed as a tackle when he was drafted, Birk took over at center in 2000 following the departure of Jeff Christy. Birk picked up where Christy left off and provided the Vikings with strong center play for the better part of a decade. He made the Pro Bowl six times as a member of the Vikings, was named an All-Pro twice, and was named the Minnesota Vikings Man of the Year for six consecutive seasons (every season from 2002 to 2007).
John Sullivan, C, Notre Dame - Much like Birk took over for Jeff Christy, Sullivan was the man that ultimately replaced Birk. The Vikings’ sixth round pick in the 2008 NFL Draft spent much of his rookie season on the sideline, but when Birk left for Baltimore before the 2009 season, Sullivan stepped in and started every game during the Vikings’ great 2009 run. He also anchored the offensive line that helped Adrian Peterson rush for 2,097 yards in 2012 en route to the MVP Award. That was good enough to get him named to the 2012 PFWA All-Pro Team.
That’s the cream of the crop as far as sixth-round picks for the Vikings in franchise history. Tomorrow, we’ll move things up to Round 5.
Who is the greatest sixth round pick in Minnesota Vikings history?
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Matt Birk, C, Harvard (1998)
Todd Scott, S, Southwestern Louisiana (1991)
Joe Senser, TE, West Chester (1979)
John Sullivan, C, Notre Dame (2008)