4 Vikings we can safely call busts after the 2022 season

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Enough time has passed since they were selected, so after the 2022 season, it’s safe to call these Minnesota Vikings draft picks busts.

The NFL Draft is an interesting phenomenon. Fans and media types spend months agonizing over prospects and trying to figure out what their team will ultimately do to make their rosters better. While the Minnesota Vikings and other teams around the NFL don’t always do what we want, one thing that is safe to say is that everyone hopes the players chosen will pan out, even if it wasn’t who we were hoping for.

The truth is, not every draft pick will be a contributor right off the bat, in fact, most aren’t. One has to allow a few seasons before we can confidently say whether or not this player will figure things out.

Today we will look at a handful of Vikings who have been with the team long enough to where we can make a solid declaration of their bust status. Maybe we had hoped these players would develop into a star, or maybe expectations were that they were just going to be an average starter.

Heck, maybe we even envisioned a role player who could get a handful of sacks every year in spot duty. Whatever the case, and whatever the measurement, it’s safe to now say these players aren’t going to hit that mark.

Here are four players drafted by Minnesota that we can now confidently say are busts.