Minnesota Vikings: 10 best fourth-round draft picks of all-time
By Adam Carlson
4. Paul Flatley, wide receiver – 1963
It’s a bit of a surprise Paul Flatley wasn’t drafted sooner considering he was part of a top-ranked team at Northwestern and put on an amazing performance at the 1962 East-West Shrine Game where he led all players in receiving yards.
Upon arriving in Minnesota, Flatley worked his way into the starting lineup. In his 14 games played, he caught 51 passes for 867 yards and four touchdowns, which was only a taste of what he’d accomplish during his five seasons with the Vikings.
Flatley would play a total of 64 games while wearing purple and gold, starting 62 of those, catching 202 passes for 3,222 yards and 17 touchdowns. His average of 16 yards per catch shows he was an effective weapon in moving the chains.
Named to one Pro Bowl in 1966, Flatley is ranked 14th all-time among Minnesota Vikings pass catchers when it comes to receiving yards and 20th in terms of passes caught.