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Rick Spielman Vikings Draft History

Every year, the NFL Draft is something that fans of all NFL teams look forward to. Unfortunately, some teams/general managers are better at drafting than others. Today, we’ll be taking a look at
Rick Spielman’s history drafting for the Minnesota Vikings.

We’ll be giving you the year of the draft, the round, pick, name, position, college, and whether or not that player is still currently in the NFL.2

2012

Pick 1.4 – Matt Kalil, OL, USC (Yes)

Pick 1.29 – Harrison Smith, S, Notre Dame (Yes)

Pick 3.66 – Josh Robinson, CB, Central Florida (Yes)

Pick 4.118 – Jarius Wright, WR, Arkansas (Yes)

Pick 4.128 – Rhett Ellison, TE, USC (Yes)

Pick 4.134 – Greg Childs, WR, Arkansas (No)

Pick 5.139 – Robert Blanton, S, Notre Dame (No)

Pick 6.175 – Blair Walsh, K, Georgia (No)

Pick 7.210 – Audie Cole, LB, NC State (No)

Pick 7.219 – Trevor Guyton, DL, California (No)

2013

Pick 1.23 – Sharrif Floyd, DL, Florida (No)

Pick 1.25 – Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State (Yes)

Pick 1.29 – Cordarrelle Patterson, WR, Tennessee (Yes)

Pick 4.120 – Gerald Hodges, LB, Penn State (Yes)

Pick 5,155 – Jeff Locke, P, UCLA (No)

Pick 5.196 – Jeff Baca, OL, UCLA (No)

Pick 7.213 – Michael Mauti, LB, Penn State (No)

Pick 7.214 – Travis Bond, OL, North Carolina (No)

Pick 7.229 – Everett Dawkins, DL, Florida State (No)

2014

Pick 1.9 – Anthony Barr, LB, UCLA (Yes)

Pick 1.32 – Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Louisville (Yes)

Pick 3.72 – Scott Crichton, EDGE, Oregon State

Pick 3.96 – Jerick McKinnon, RB, Georgia Southern (Yes)

Pick 5.145 – David Yankey, OL, Stanford (No)

Pick 6.182 – Antone Exum, CB, Virginia Tech (Yes)

Pick 6.184 – Kendall James, CB, Maine (No)

Pick 7.220 – Shamar Stephen, DL, Connecticut (Yes)

Pick 7.223 – Brandon Watts, LB, Georgia Tech (No)

Pick 7.225 – Jabari Price, CB, North Carolina (No)

2015

Pick 1.11 – Trae Waynes, CB, Michigan State (Yes)

Pick 2.45 – Eric Kendricks, LB, UCLA (Yes)

Pick 3.88 – Danielle Hunter, EDGE, LSU (Yes)

Pick 4.110 – T.J. Clemmings, OL, Pittsburgh (Yes)

Pick 5.143 – MyCole Pruitt, TE, Southern Illinois (Yes)

Pick 5.146 – Stefon Diggs, WR, Maryland (Yes)

Pick 6.185 – Tyrus Thompson, OL, Oklahoma (Yes)

Pick 6.193 – B.J. Dubose, DL, Louisville (No)

Pick 7.228 – Austin Shepherd, OL, Alabama (No)

Pick 7.232 – Edmond Robinson, LB, Newberry (No)

2016

Pick 1.23 – Laquon Treadwell, WR, Ole Miss (Yes)

Pick 2.54 – Mackensie Alexander, CB, Clemson (Yes)

Pick 4.121 – Willie Beavers, OL, Western Michigan (Yes)

Pick 5.160 – Kentrell Brothers, LB, Missouri (Yes)

Pick 6.180 – Moritz Bohringer, WR, Germany (Yes)

Pick 6.188 – David Morgan, TE, UTSA (Yes)

Pick 7.227 – Stephen Weatherly, LB, Vanderbilt (Yes)

Pick 7.244 – Jayron Kearse, S, Clemson (Yes)

2017

Pick 2.41 – Dalvin Cook, RB, Florida State (Yes)

Pick 3.70 – Pat Elflein, OL, Ohio State (Yes)

Pick 4.109 – Jaleel Johnson, DL, Iowa (Yes)

Pick 4.120 – Ben Gedeon, LB, Michigan (Yes)

Pick 5.170 – Rodney Adams, WR, South Florida (No)

Pick 5.180 – Danny Isidora, OL, Miami (Yes)

Pick 6.201 – Bucky Hodges, TE, Virginia Tech (Yes)

Pick 7.219 – Stacy Coley, WR, Miami (Yes)

Pick 7.220 – Ifeadi Odenigbo, EDGE, Northwestern (Yes)

Pick 7.232 – Elijah Lee, LB, Kansas State (Yes)

Pick 7.245 – Jack Tocho, CB, NC State (No)

2018

Pick 1.30 – Mike Hughes, CB, Central Florida (Yes)

Pick 2.62 – Brian O’Neill, OL, Pittsburgh (Yes)

Pick 4.102 – Jalyn Holmes, DL, Ohio State (Yes)

Pick 5.157 – Tyler Conklin, TE, Central Michigan (Yes)

Pick 5.167 – Daniel Carlson, K, Auburn (Yes)

Pick 6.213 – Colby Gossett, OL, Appalachian State (Yes)

Pick 6.218 – Ade Aruna, DL, Tulane (Yes)

Pick 7.225 – Devante Downs, LB, California (Yes)

Totals

Best Vikings Pick: Stefon Diggs in 2015

Worst Vikings Pick: Laquon Treadwell in 2016

Most Drafted Position Group: OL & LB (12 picks)

Least Drafted Position Group (Excluding FB and K/P): QB (1 picks)

Total First Round Picks: 10

Total Second Round Picks: 4

Total Third Round Picks: 5

Total Fourth Round Picks: 9

Total Fifth Round Picks: 10

Total Sixth Round Picks: 11

Total Seventh Round Picks: 17

Still in the NFL %: 67% (44/66)