Minnesota Vikings: 5 best rookie seasons of the Mike Zimmer era

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(Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) Stefon Diggs – Minnesota Vikings
(Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) Stefon Diggs – Minnesota Vikings /

No. 1 – Stefon Diggs (WR, 2015)

Bittersweet, isn’t it?

Long before enigmatic social media musings, Stefon Diggs put forth an unexpected and dynamic rookie season. General Manager Rick Spielman scooped Diggs out of the fifth round of the 2015 NFL Draft, and the wide receiver from Maryland would join a room full of receivers named Mike Wallace, Jarius Wright, Charles Johnson, and special teams specialist, Adam Thielen.

From a production standpoint, he led the room immediately.

Among NFL rookies in 2015, Diggs finished second in receiving yards (722), fourth in receptions (52), and fourth in receiving touchdowns (4). More importantly, he led all Vikings wide receivers in the aforementioned statistical categories. Impressively, Diggs did so while starting just nine games. Thankfully for the Vikings as a whole in that season, running back Adrian Peterson was performing at a high-level, if only for one more season with the team. The team finished with an 11-5 record.

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The Bridgewater/Diggs tandem-of-the-future from that season flourished together immediately.

Those two players now play for the Carolina Panthers and Buffalo Bills, respectively.