Based on how they finished in the playoffs, the Minnesota Vikings now own the rights to the number 25 selection at the 2020 NFL Draft in April.
The Minnesota Vikings had a big year. They returned to the playoffs and advanced to the Divisional Round by beating the New Orleans Saints in stunning fashion on the road, but came up short by losing to the San Francisco 49ers.
Recently, ESPN revealed where the Vikings will be making their selection in the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft and it is in a spot where fans will be waiting a while to hear a name called on draft day.
Here is where the Minnesota Vikings will be picking:
The Vikings own pick 25 in the 2020 NFL Draft
There are plenty of ways Minnesota could go with their pick. Depending on which free agents end up leaving the team and what direction the Vikings want to go with players on the current roster, there are several positional groupings that need to be addressed.
It could be a cornerback, offensive lineman, quarterback, wide receiver, or another position of value that drops into the team’s lap when they select.
Over the course of franchise history, the Vikings have picked in that spot six times. Here is who Minnesota has selected with the 25th pick in the past:
- 1970 – John Ward, offensive tackle – Oklahoma State
- 1974 – Steve Riley, offensive tackle – USC
- 1975 – Mark Mullaney, defensive end – Colorado State
- 1976 – James White, defensive tackle – Oklahoma State
- 2000 – Chris Hovan, defensive tackle – Boston College
- 2013 – Xavier Rhodes, cornerback – Florida State
Interestingly enough, five of the six selections were lineman (either offensive or defensive) with four being from a state college. While those selections may not mean a lot in the scope of what the team will do with their pick, it’s always fun to see how it worked out in the past.
Don’t miss the first round of the 2020 NFL Draft on Thursday, Apr. 23, 2020 to find out what the team does with its pick at number 25 overall. Will they stay put and make a pick or will they trade it away? Let us know what you think in the comments!