Grading all of the Vikings first-round draft picks since 2018

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How have the Minnesota Vikings fared with their last five first-round selections during the NFL Draft?

We are now just a few short days away from all the speculation ending and finding out once and for all what the Minnesota Vikings are going to do during the 2022 NFL Draft.

It’s been a fascinating offseason period for the organization following their complete reset at the head coach and general manager positions. Something that hasn’t come with many drastic changes to the roster in a bid to keep continuity within such a huge transition next season.

The Vikings certainly have a talented roster to build around. If certain problem areas can be filled via the latest batch of college recruits, the better Kevin O’Connell’s chances will be of proving he was the right appointment.

Minnesota could get an elite prospect at No. 12 overall, depending on how the draft plays out. Their switch to a 3-4 defense gives them additional options in terms of personnel, and trading back to acquire more capital is also something those in power are reportedly keen to do.

Striking gold in the first round is easier said than done. It takes exceptional judgment from scouts and other influential figures, with a little bit of luck thrown in for good measure.

With this in mind, we took a look at Minnesota’s last five first-rounders and determined whether they were the correct calls to make in hindsight.