The 12th Overall Pick Historically Has Been Boom-or-Bust for the Vikings

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Following the Vikings win over the Chicago Bears in Week 18 that pushed their final record to 8-9, the only thing uncertain for Minnesota was draft position. Now, with the final week of the NFL regular season at its conclusion, the Minnesota Vikings will pick 12th overall this spring in the 2022 NFL Draft. They are sandwiched between the Washington Football Team at 11 and the Cleveland Browns at 13.

It will be the third time the Vikings have selected from this spot in the order, and the first since 2011 when they picked Christian Ponder. The other occurrence was in 1973 when they selected none other than Chuck Foreman. Foreman still holds the Vikings franchise with 22. He recorded 13 rushing touchdowns and nine receiving touchdowns in 1975. So in other words, the 12th pick and the Vikings have quite the boom-or-bust history.

This year, it may be the first time that the Vikings select a defensive player with the 12th pick. Many are urging the team to take the best player available at either the CB or EDGE positions, with Ahmad “Sauce” Gardner and George Karlaftis oftentimes at the forefront of these discussions. They could also opt to go offensive line by selecting center Tyler Linderbaum.

We’re a long ways away from April 28th, but you know that I will be spending much of this week (and the rest of this winter) firing up some mock draft simulators in lieu of watching Vikings football. Stay tuned throughout the offseason for more NFL Draft content here on PurplePTSD and VikingsTerritory.