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Four Days to the Draft: Who is the greatest fourth round pick in Vikings history?

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It is, officially, Draft Week, folks! Yes, on Thursday the 2018 NFL Draft will get underway in Dallas, Texas, and the Minnesota Vikings will be adding a new class of draftees to their rosters (as will 31 teams that don’t matter quite as much). We are going back through the annals of history and determining who the best player drafted by the Vikings in each round of the draft has been, and with just four days until the Draft, we’re taking a look at the fourth round.

There haven’t been a lot of all-timers taken by the Vikings in Round 4, and those that have all come from the defensive side of the ball. Thanks to our Complete Minnesota Vikings Draft Pick Database, we’ve found a few names that are worthy of consideration as the best, though.

Ray Edwards, DE, Purdue - Edwards was taken by the Vikings in the fourth round of the 2006 NFL Draft, and had asserted himself as the starter by the start of the 2007 season. Edwards had a few solid seasons for the Vikings, benefitting from playing on a defensive line that featured Jared Allen at one defensive end along with Kevin Williams and Pat Williams in the middle. He had 29.5 sacks in his five seasons with the Vikings, including back-to-back years of at least eight sacks in 2009 and 2010.

Everson Griffen, DE, Southern California - Another fourth-round defensive end, Griffen was drafted by the Vikings in 2010. After being a reserve for most of his first four years in the league, Griffen took over as the starting right defensive end after Jared Allen departed. Since then, he has been one of the National Football League’s best pass rushers, collecting double-digit sacks in three of his four years as a starter, including a career-high 13 this past season. He has also been named to the Pro Bowl team in each of the last three years.

Brian Robison, DE, Texas - Robison was selected by the Vikings in Round 4 of the 2007 Draft, and wound up sitting behind Edwards for the first few seasons of his career. When Edwards left for Atlanta, Robison took over the starting left end spot in 2011, and held onto it until finally ceding the spot to Danielle Hunter in 2017. Robison has 60 career sacks as a member of the Vikings, and is currently the longest-tenured member of the team.

Roy Winston, LB, Louisiana State - Winston was taken by the Vikings in the fourth round of the 1962 NFL Draft, and was one of the few Vikings to play in all four of the team’s Super Bowl appearances. He was known as one of the hardest-hitting linebackers in the league during this time, including a play where he hit Miami Dolphins’ running back Larry Csonka so hard that Csonka literally had to crawl off of the field. Winston played for 15 seasons in the National Football League, all of them with Minnesota.

Those are the guys that are among the best fourth-round selections in Minnesota Vikings history. Which one of them is the greatest?

Poll

Who is the greatest fourth round pick in Minnesota Vikings history?

This poll is closed

  • 1%
    Ray Edwards, DE, Purdue (2006)
    (29 votes)
  • 63%
    Everson Griffen, DE, USC (2010)
    (1675 votes)
  • 9%
    Brian Robison, DE, Texas (2007)
    (237 votes)
  • 26%
    Roy Winston, LB, LSU (1962)
    (684 votes)
2625 votes total Vote Now