7 greatest quarterbacks who were drafted by the Minnesota Vikings

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Daunte Culpepper

  • Draft Year: 1999
  • Draft Round: 1st
  • Draft Pick: No. 11

The 11th overall selection in the 1999 NFL Draft is still the highest pick the Vikings have ever used to draft a quarterback in the history of the franchise.

At first, it seemed like Daunte Culpepper was going to become the next great Minnesota quarterback.

In his first season as a starter for the Vikings, Culpepper led the team to the NFC Championship while throwing for 3,937 yards, 33 touchdowns, and 16 interceptions in addition to rushing for 470 yards and another seven scores.

Unfortunately, he followed up his impressive 2000 performance with two forgettable seasons in 2001 and 2002.

Culpepper was able to get back on track during the 2003 season, and in 2004, he was arguably the best quarterback in the NFL.

During the 2004 campaign, he threw for 4,717 yards, 39 touchdowns, and 11 interceptions. That season, he also rushed for 406 yards and two touchdowns.

Culpepper’s time with the Vikings came to an end in 2005 after he suffered a serious knee injury.

Currently, he still holds Minnesota’s all-time record for single-season passing yards, single-season passing touchdowns, and single-season passer rating.