Minnesota Vikings greatest 7-round draft of all-time

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(Photo by Stephen Dunn /Allsport) Ed McDaniel
(Photo by Stephen Dunn /Allsport) Ed McDaniel /

Ed McDaniel, LB

Drafted: 5th round (1992)

As was the case with Carl Lee and Matt Birk, McDaniel had to spend some time as a reserve with the Vikings first before he was able to crack the starting lineup. Minnesota’s fifth-round selection in 1992 became a full-time starter in 1994 and continued to keep that role until his final NFL season in 2001.

During his 10 years with the Vikings, McDaniel led the team in tackles four times. His best season came in 1998 when he was voted to the Pro Bowl for the first and only time in his career after finishing with 128 total tackles, seven sacks, and three forced fumbles.

McDaniel is actually the only player drafted in the fifth-round by Minnesota to ever make the Pro Bowl. Unfortunately for the linebacker, a knee injury prevented him from actually playing in the 1998 Pro Bowl.

In 10 seasons with the Vikings from 1992 to 2001, McDaniel finished with 794 total tackles, 19.5 sacks, 15 forced fumbles, and four interceptions.