5 best Minnesota Vikings quarterbacks of the 21st century

(Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images) Daunte Culpepper
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(Photo by Adam Bettcher/Getty Images) Sam Bradford
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5. Sam Bradford (2016 – 2017)

The top pick in the 2010 NFL Draft landed in Minnesota thanks to the Vikings trading for him prior to the 2016 season.

After Bradford’s first four starts ended up as wins for Minnesota, the team’s front office looked like a bunch of geniuses for acquiring him. However, the Vikings ended up losing eight of his next 11 starts and ultimately missed out on making the playoffs in 2016.

Despite his play not leading Minnesota into the postseason, Bradford still had himself an impressive season in 2016.

The quarterback completed 71.6 percent of his passes for 3,877 yards, 20 touchdowns, and five interceptions. Bradford’s completion percentage is the highest ever by a Vikings quarterback who started in at least five games during a single season.

Minnesota had high hopes for the passer in 2017 after he threw for 346 yards and three touchdowns in the team’s season-opening win over the New Orleans Saints. But unfortunately, a knee injury limited Bradford to playing in just two games last year, preventing him from being the one to lead the Vikings to success in 2017.