Minnesota Vikings: 10 best third-round draft picks of all-time
By Adam Carlson
5. Henry Thomas, DT – 1987
Standing six-foot-two and weighing 277 pounds, Henry Thomas looked a bit small at the defensive tackle position but more than made up for his size thanks to a variety to moves to disrupt opposing offenses.
Out of LSU, Thomas didn’t waste time earning a starting role. Playing in 118 games for the Minnesota Vikings and only not starting two of them, Thomas played eight seasons for the team before finishing his career with the Lions and Patriots.
Henry Thomas finished his time wearing purple and gold with 56 sacks to go with 654 combined tackles, 11 forced fumbles, eight fumble recoveries, two interceptions, and two defensive touchdowns.
Thomas earned several awards for his play, including Pro Bowl nods for his efforts during the 1991 and 1992 seasons. In addition, he was named second-team All-Pro during his 1993 campaign.