10 best Vikings cornerbacks drafted in the first three rounds

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10. George Rose

  • Third Round (1964)

George Rose is the first of only two cornerbacks drafted in the 1960s to make the list. A third-round pick in 1964, Rose was the first cornerback ever drafted within the first three rounds by the Vikings. He played only three seasons with the team, but as a rookie he started 13 of 14 games and led the team with six interceptions, returning one for a touchdown.

In those three seasons with the Vikings, he started 28 of 47 games and finished with eight interceptions. His career lasted only one more season, starting one game in 1967 for the New Orleans Saints.

9. Trae Waynes

  • First Round (2015)

For the last three years, Trae Waynes lined up as one of the outside starters at cornerback for the Vikings. In five seasons he started 53 of 74 games. His best season came in 2016 when he recorded three interceptions in eight starts and defended a career-high 11 passes.

The following year Waynes became a full-time starter and started all 16 games. Again he was credited with 11 pass breakups on the season, matching what he did the previous year, and finishing with two interceptions.

The Vikings exercised the fifth-year option on his rookie contract for 2019 paying Waynes a total compensation of $9 million. The Vikings failed to offer Waynes an extension for 2020 and in March he signed a three-year deal worth $42 million with the Cincinnati Bengals. He leaves the Vikings with seven interceptions in five seasons.