10 best Vikings cornerbacks drafted in the first three rounds

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4. Willie Teal

  • Second Round (1980)

Willie Teal played seven of his eight seasons in the NFL with the Minnesota Vikings. A second-round draft pick, he was selected 30th overall in 1980. He did not play in any games on defense as a rookie, but broke into the starting lineup in 1981, starting all 16 games and recorded four interceptions. In 1982 Teal would pick off another four passes in only nine games played.

In total, Teal started 61 of 80 games played with the Vikings with 15 interceptions—the second most in the ranking. In 1986, his last season with the Vikings, he lost his starting position to Issiac Holt. The following year, 1987, Teal only played in one game for the Raiders before his career ended.

3. Dewayne Washington

  • First Round (1994)

At number three in the ranking, Dewayne Washington is only the second first-round draft pick to appear in the ranking. Selected 18th overall in 1994 from North Carolina State, Washington was an immediate starter for the Vikings.

In his rookie season, he intercepted three passes, returning two of them for touchdowns. A durable and dominant corner, Washington missed only one game in four seasons with the Vikings starting 62 of 63 games. His 10 interceptions are only good for fifth in the ranking, but he returned four of them for touchdowns to raise his place in the ranking.

In 1998 Washington signed with Pittsburgh and played six seasons with the Steelers and intercepted another 19 passes. He finished his career with single seasons in Jacksonville in 2004 and Kansas City in 2005.