With a new common manager and head mentor, the Minnesota Vikings will pick out 12th on Thursday evening in the 2022 NFL Draft. Kwesi Adofo-Mensah will make his very first select as a basic manager, anticipated to pick a defensive player by most credible pundits.
The decision is the Vikings greatest assortment in a draft because 2015, when Rick Spielman drafted Trae Waynes from Michigan State College. Waynes was a cornerback, and Minnesota is theorized to draft its fifth CB in the last 10 years by using Round 1. The earlier 1st-Spherical corners involve Xavier Rhodes, the aforementioned Waynes, Mike Hughes, and Jeff Gladney.
2 times in workforce heritage, the Vikings have drafted with the 12th all round choose, greeted with warm and cold outcomes. Through NFL historical past, the 12th decide on has been generous to franchises. Gentlemen like Deshaun Watson, Odell Beckham, Warren Sapp, Marshawn Lynch, Haloti Ngata, Michah Parsons, etc., ended up acquired at #12.
These are the two Vikings gamers found out at the location.
Chuck Foreman (1973)
Foreman is the sizzling in the warm and chilly record of the Vikings and the 12th decide.
In every of his 1st six seasons, Foreman tabulated around 1,000 yards from scrimmage. He was at the peak of his powers in 1975, producing 1,761 yards from scrimmage and 22 touchdowns.
Foreman ranks fifth all-time on the Vikings touchdown leaderboard with 75 in 7 seasons. He also places fourth on Minnesota’s checklist of yards-from-scrimmage leaders (8,944) at the rear of Adrian Peterson, Cris Carter, and Randy Moss.
He was effectively well worth the 12th decide on. The upcoming person was not.
Christian Ponder (2011)
Ponder was meant to lead the charge at QB1 following Brett Favre fell off a general performance cliff in 2010. The Vikings patched about Ponder from Donovan McNabb, who also had an underwhelming Vikings vocation.
When Foreman was a homerun with the 12th choose in the 1973 NFL Draft, Ponder was a strikeout. He flat-out wasn’t a superior passer of the soccer, though he was much more nimble than Kirk Cousins, Sam Bradford, and Teddy Bridgewater.
Ponder was drafted for his intellect, but his actual physical toolset in no way translated to an NFL amount, at minimum as a QB1.
He didn’t rejoin the Vikings following the 2014 season, and he never ever threw a common-period go in the league once again.
Dustin Baker is a political scientist who graduated from the College of Minnesota in 2007. Subscribe to his daily YouTube Channel, VikesNow. He hosts a podcast with Bryant McKinnie, which airs every Wednesday with Raun Sawh and Sally from Minneapolis. His Viking fandom dates back to 1996. Stated guilty pleasures: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, ‘The Sopranos,’ and The Doors (the band).