6: Danielle Hunter – DE
Even though Hunter was only able to rack up 4.5 sacks during his college career at LSU, the Vikings decided he was still worth using a third-round pick on in the 2015 NFL Draft. All that’s happened since is the 25-year-old pass rusher accumulating more sacks (54.5) than any Minnesota defender since he entered the league five years ago.
5: Chad Greenway – LB
The Vikings used a first-round pick to add Greenway to their roster and he proved to be worth the selection during his career with the team. In addition to finishing with at least 130 tackles during every season from 2010 to 2013, he also racked up more tackles than any other Minnesota player in the last decade.
4: Everson Griffen – DE
In 2014, the Vikings took a chance on Griffen when they gave him a lucrative extension and converted him to a starting defensive end after years of being a backup. He didn’t disappoint and he ended the decade with more sacks (74.5) than any player who put on the purple and gold in the last 10 years.
3: Jared Allen – DE
While the rest of the team struggled during the majority of Allen’s tenure with the Vikings during the last decade, he kept on being one of the best pass rushers in the entire NFL. Of the four years he spent with Minnesota during the decade, his 2011 campaign that saw him finish with 22 sacks is one of the best single-season performances by a Vikings defensive end in team history (if not the best).