20 star players the Vikings could have drafted in the last 5 years

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The Minnesota Vikings have had some excellent draft picks over the last five years but have also missed out on some amazing talents.

Accumulating talent in the draft is one of the most important ways to grow and shape an NFL roster into a championship contender. For a team like the Minnesota Vikings, making the right decisions when you’re on the clock can be the difference between making or missing the playoffs.

While not all picks have as much of an impact on a team as others, the picks that fail to live up to their potential can set a team back while making the right ones can springboard a squad into the spotlight.

From 2016 to 2021, the Vikings have selected six players through the draft with only Justin Jefferson being the lone pick that nobody should have any questions or concerns about going forward.

Let’s take a look at those other players taken from that time period in each year’s draft and some of the insanely talented players they ended up passing on but could have selected when they were on the clock.

*Note: The Vikings didn’t pick a player in the first round of the 2017 NFL Draft. All stats from Pro Football Reference.