The Vikings, barring that they don’t trade up or down in this years draft (which is entirely possible because Rick Spielman is our general manager) will make the 30th selection. Let’s see how other players picked at 30th overall have fared in the NFL.
I used pro football reference to find the following data
2008 – Dustin Keller / Tight End / New York Jets
2009 – Kenny Britt / Wide Receiver / Tennessee Titans
2010 – Jahvid Best / Running Back / Detroit Lions
2011 – Muhammad Wilkerson / Defensive Tackle / New York Jets
2012 – A.J. Jenkins / Wide Receiver / San Francisco 49ers
2013 – Alec Ogletree / Linebacker / Los Angeles Rams
2014 – Jimmie Ward / Strong Safety / San Francisco 49ers
2015 – Damarious Randall / Cornerback / Green Bay Packers
2016 – Vernon Butler / Defensive Tackle / Carolina Panthers
2017 – T.J. Watt / Linebacker / Pittsburgh Steelers
2018 – ?
Interestingly, a defensive player has been selected 5 years in a row. There is also plenty of variation in the amount of success some of these players have had. Muhammad Wilkerson and Alec Ogletree have had really nice careers. While A.J. Jenkins and Jahvid Best didn’t quite live up to expectations that come with a first round pick.
The Vikings look to redeem themselves after their last first round pick, LaQuon Treadwell, proved disappointing. There’s also a good chance you won’t be seeing the Vikings draft until Friday.