4 best Minnesota Vikings first-round picks of the last decade

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The Minnesota Vikings have found some very good players in the first round over the last decade. Who are the four best choices they made?

The Minnesota Vikings have had plenty of first-round picks during the last decade. They’ve had years where they’ve chosen multiple times in the first round and other years where they’ve traded out of the opening round altogether.

For the most part, the Vikings have seemed to pick in the latter half of the first round. There have been a couple of years when they picked in the top 15. But usually, they find themselves in the late teens or 20s.

Even with the later choices in the draft’s opening round, Minnesota has found success. They’ve landed some key pieces on both sides of the ball, but they seem to have found more stars on defense.

The Vikings last two first-round picks, Mike Hughes and Garrett Bradbury, have been left off this list for now, as not enough time has passed to make a proper determination if they were a good or bad pick. But let’s go ahead and look at Minnesota’s four best first-round choices from the last decade.