14. Toby Gerhart – RB
Second Round (51st overall) – 2010
For a team that already had an All-Pro running back in Adrian Peterson, it seemed odd when the Vikings used their second-round pick in 2010 on Gerhart. The second round is usually still a time when teams look to potentially add a starter in their backfield, but Minnesota apparently felt fine using this high of a selection on someone to back up Peterson.
A stat-machine during his college days at Stanford, Gerhart lasted four seasons in Minnesota and he was never able to really figure out his purpose on the team’s roster. It wasn’t really his fault though.
Peterson was the Vikings’ starter and he was a traditional three-down back, so there weren’t really a ton of opportunities for Gerhart to make plays.
After four seasons with Minnesota and just six starts to his name, the former Stanford running back left in 2014 and spent his next two years as a member of the Jacksonville Jaguars. During his time with the Vikings, Gerhart rushed for a total of 1,305 yards and five touchdowns while also catching 77 passes for 600 yards and three scores.
This being included as a bust is due more to the decision of Minnesota to even use such a high selection on Gerhart than his actual performance. The Vikings should have never taken him in the second round if all they were going to do was have him be their backup.