Backdraft: Minnesota Vikings


BACKDRAFT SERIES: For 16 days leading up to the 2011 NFL Draft, we're rolling out capsule draft histories of each of the 32 NFL Teams.



Backdraft Series
Apr. 12 - Packers | Steelers
Apr. 13 - Bears | Jets
Apr. 14- Patriots | Falcons
Apr. 15- Ravens | Seahawks
Apr. 16- Saints | Eagles
Apr. 17- Colts | Chiefs
Apr. 18- Buccaneers | Giants
Apr. 19- Chargers | Raiders
Apr. 20- Jaguars | Dolphins
Apr. 21- Rams | Lions
Apr. 22- Vikings | Texans
Apr. 23- Redskins | Cowboys
Apr. 24- Titans | 49ers
Apr. 25- Browns | Cardinals
Apr. 26- Bengals | Bills
Apr. 27- Broncos | Panthers
2011 Draft Position:
• 12


First-Ever Draft Pick:

• Tommy Mason, HB, Tulane (1st Round, 1st overall, 1961)


Most Recent Draft Pick:

• Ryan D'Imperio, RB, Rutgers (7th round, 237th overall, in 2010)


Hall of Famers Drafted:

Fran Tarkenton - 3rd Round (29th overall), 1961 (Also drafted in 5th round of 1961 AFL Draft by the Boston Patriots.)
Bobby Bell – 2nd Round (16th overall), 1963 (Also selected in 7th round – 56th overall – by Kansas City in AFL Draft
Carl Eller - 1st Round (6th overall), 1964 (Also drafted in 1st round – 5th overall – of the 1964 AFL Draft by Buffalo Bills.)
Alan Page - 1st Round (15th overall), 1967
Ron Yary - 1st Round (1st overall), 1968
Randall McDaniel - 1st Round (19th overall), 1988


First Overall Pick in the NFL Draft:

• 1968 – Ron Yary, T, Southern California
• 1961 – Tommy Mason, RB, Tulane

Ron Yary Fran Tarkenton Randall McDaniel
Did you know?
The Vikings drafted Georgia QB Fran Tarkenton in the third round of the '61 draft. As a rookie he came off the bench in Minnesota's first regular season game to lead them to a stunning upset of the Chicago Bears.

Six years later, the Vikings dealt their star QB to the New York Giants in a blockbuster trade that ultimately turned into the first overall pick of the 1968 NFL Draft. The Vikings picked future Hall of Fame tackle Ron Yary with the selection. In 1972, Tarkenton and Yary became teammates when the Vikings reacquired the QB.



"Randall is one of the most gifted athletes I've ever seen. I've seen him vertical jump 37 inches and timed in the 40-yard dash in 4.58. He has phenomenal athletic talent. It's really unusual to see an offensive lineman who has the speed and stamina he has. He was the college national powerlifting champion. I don't recall a defensive lineman ever beating him."

Former Arizona State and University of Minnesota quarterback Dan Ford offered that insight to Minneapolis media after the Vikings drafted Randall McDaniel as the 19th overall pick of the 1988 NFL Draft. His analysis was on the mark as McDaniel's athleticism helped him to a NFL career that landed him in Canton.



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