Minnesota Vikings: 10 best third-round draft picks of all-time

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MINNEAPOLIS – NOVEMBER 23: Moe Williams #20 of the Minnesota Vikings carries the ball against the Detroit Lions November 23, 2003 at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Vikings won 24-14. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) /

9. Moe Williams, RB – 1996

Looking back, it was hard to imagine the Vikings without Moe Williams during some of the biggest years in the history of the franchise. Spending nine years with Minnesota, he played in 117 games and started 10 of those.

Williams never accumulated 1,000 yards on the ground in a single season or topped 650 receiving yards, but he played a vital role as a backup and change-of-pace player out of the backfield to keep defenses guessing.

Perhaps best known for being on the receiving end of a lateral from Randy Moss to score a touchdown in the closing moments of the first half against the Denver Broncos in Week 7 of the 2003 NFL season, Williams spent all but one season of his career in Minnesota.

With the Vikings, Moe Williams gained a total of 1,535 yards on the ground with 21 touchdowns and an additional 1,301 receiving yards and four more scores while also returning 63 kickoffs for 1,393 yards and one more score.