50 greatest Minnesota Vikings players from the 2010s

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2: Harrison Smith – S

With all of his accomplishments, it’s hard to believe that Smith is still one of the most underrated players in the NFL today. He’s been a starter for the Vikings since he was drafted in the first round by them in 2012 and he’s evolved into one of the best safeties to ever suit up in purple.

In addition to his five Pro Bowl trips and his 2017 First-Team All-Pro selection, Smith led all Minnesota defenders during the last decade in interceptions, interception return yards, and defensive touchdowns.

1: Adrian Peterson – RB

Was there really any other choice for the top slot? Peterson is a lock for the Hall of Fame and he left the Vikings in 2017 as the franchise’s all-time leader in rushing yards and rushing touchdowns, among other things.

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His MVP season in 2012 was not only unlike anything Minnesota has ever seen from a running back, but the fact that he was the only non-quarterback to win the award during the last decade speaks volumes about how impressive his performance actually was.