Minnesota Vikings: Top 30 draft picks in franchise history

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Minnesota Vikings draft history has been interesting to say the least, and these are the 30 best picks they ever made.

Oct 2, 2014; Green Bay, WI, USA; A Minnesota Vikings helmet sits on the sidelines during warmups prior to the game against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field. Green Bay won 42-10. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

What makes a great draft pick?

Sometimes it’s a matter of finding a true gem in the late rounds.

Sometimes it’s just about taking the best player available and plugging him in and watching him excel.

Some draft picks don’t pan out, some do.

Some draft picks yield franchise players who help lead a team on multiple championship runs.

Other draft picks turn out to be solid players who have long, distinguished careers.

Some picks burst on the scene in a huge way only to fizzle out or see their careers cut short.

The Vikings have experienced all of the above, more than once.

Next: On to No. 30