Tarvaris Jackson (2006 – 2010)
After the departure of Daunte Culpepper, the Vikings needed to find someone new to be their franchise quarterback. In his first year as Minnesota’s head coach, Brad Childress thought he had found a diamond in the rough when he selected former Alabama State quarterback Tarvaris Jackson in the second round of the 2006 NFL Draft.
Jackson didn’t play much as a rookie, but he got the opportunity to be the Vikings full-time starting quarterback in 2007 and the team actually did well with him under center. Minnesota won eight of his 12 starts that year, however, it wasn’t due to any sort of outstanding numbers he was able to put up.
In 2007, Jackson completed just 58.2 percent of his passes for 1,911 yards, nine touchdowns, and 12 interceptions. The Vikings drafting Adrian Peterson that year might have had a little more to do with their success than who their starting quarterback was.
Jackson’s second year as Minnesota starting signal-caller didn’t turn out very well as he only lasted a few games before Childress decided to bench him. He did end up getting some more starting opportunities later in the season, but it only resulted in the Vikings suffering a first-round playoff loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.
Jackson remained with Minnesota in 2009 and 2010 as a backup behind Brett Favre. But other than a few games where he tossed multiple touchdowns, Jackson couldn’t even live up to the average expectations that come with being a second-round draft pick.