15 greatest Minnesota Vikings draft picks of all-time

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Chuck Foreman – RB

Draft Year: 1973

Draft Selection: Pick No. 12 (First Round)

After a disappointing 1972 season that saw the Vikings finish on the outside of the playoffs with a 7-7 record, they decided to add more talent to their offensive backfield when they selected former Miami running Chuck Foreman in the 1973 NFL Draft.

Foreman made an immediate impact for Minnesota, winning Offensive Rookie of the Year in 1973, and helping lead the Vikings to an appearance in that season’s Super Bowl.

He went on to develop into one of the most versatile running backs to ever play for Minnesota. From 1973 to 1977, he was selected to the Pro Bowl five times, he was a First-Team All-Pro once, and he ended one season as the league leader in catches.

Unfortunately, injuries derailed Foreman’s career, and his time with the Vikings came to an end after just seven years.