The root of today's crazed fan interest in the NFL draft began in 1980 when ESPN televised the selection process for the first time. Since 1980, 22 of the 32 players picked third overall have gone on to become Pro Bowl selections. Three of them became Hall of Famers. In other words, the Vikings, who own the third overall pick, are looking for the next Anthony Munoz (1980), not the next Joey Harrington (2002). Here's a look at each No. 3 pick since 1980:
1980: Anthony Munoz, LT, Bengals
Hall of Famer.
1981: Freeman McNeil, RB, Jets
Could have had: Ronnie Lott (8th).
1982: Chip Banks, LB, Browns
Could have had: Marcus Allen (10th).
1983: Curt Warner, RB, Seahawks
Could have had: Bruce Matthews (9), Jim Kelly (14), Dan Marino (27), Darrell Green (28).
1984: Carl Banks, LB, Giants
1985: Ray Childress, DT, Oilers
Could have had: Chris Doleman (4), Jerry Rice (16).
1986: Jim Everett, QB, Oilers
Could have had: DE Leslie O'Neal (8).
1987: Alonzo Highsmith, RB, Oilers
Could have had: Rod Woodson (10)
1988: Bennie Blades, S, Lions
Could have had: Michael Irvin (11), Randall McDaniel (19).
1989: Barry Sanders, RB, Lions
Hall of Famer.
1990: Cortez Kennedy, DT, Seahawks
Hall of Famer. Could have had: Emmitt Smith (17).
1991: Bruce Pickens, CB, Falcons
Could have had: Herman Moore (10).
1992: Sean Gilbert, DE, Rams
Could have had: CB Troy Vincent (7).
1993: Garrison Hearst, RB, Cardinals
Could have had: Willie Roaf (8), Jerome Bettis (10).
1994: Heath Shuler, QB, Redskins
Could have had: DT Bryant Young (7).
1995: Steve McNair, QB, Oilers
Became a league MVP.
1996: Simeon Rice, LB, Cardinals
Could have had: Ray Lewis (26).
1997: Shawn Springs, CB, Seahawks
Could have had: LB Peter Boulware (4).
1998: Andre Wadsworth, DE, Cardinals
Could have had: Charles Woodson (4), Randy Moss (21).
1999: Akili Smith, QB, Bengals
Could have had: Edgerrin James (5), Ricky Williams (6), Torry Holt (7), Champ Bailey (7), Daunte Culpepper (11), Jevon Kearse (16), Antoine Winfield (23).
2000: Chris Samuels, OT, Redskins
Could have had: Brian Urlacher (9).
2001: Gerard Warren, DT, Browns
Could have had: LaDainian Tomlinson (5), Richard Seymour (6), Steve Hutchinson (17), Reggie Wayne (30), Drew Brees (32).
2002: Joey Harrington, QB, Lions
Could have had: Dwight Freeney (11), Ed Reed (24).
2003: Andre Johnson, WR, Texans.
2004: Larry Fitzgerald, WR, Cardinals
2005: Braylon Edwards, WR, Browns
Could have had: DeMarcus Ware (11), Aaron Rodgers (24).
2006: Vince Young, QB, Titans
Could have had: Haloti Ngata (12).
2007: Joe Thomas, OT, Browns
Multiple All-Pro but could have had Adrian Peterson (7).
2008: Matt Ryan, QB, Falcons
2009: Tyson Jackson, DE, Chiefs
Could have had: Brian Orakpo (13), Percy Harvin (22), Clay Matthews (26).
2010: Gerald McCoy, DT, Buccaneers
Could have had: Jason Pierre-Paul (15).
2011: Marcell Dareus, DE, Bills
Could have had: Patrick Peterson (5).
draft at a glance First round: 7 p.m. Thursday (10 minutes per selection) Rounds 2-3: 6 p.m. Friday (seven minutes per selection) Rounds 4-7: 11 a.m. Saturday (five minutes per selection) Where: Radio City Music Hall, New York TV: ESPN, ESPN2 and NFL Network Projected time: Last year, the first round lasted 3 hours, 30 minutes. The second and third rounds took 4 hours, 15 minutes. Saturday's rounds took 7 hours, 23 minutes. Vikings selections (10): First round, third overall; second round (35th); third round (66th); fourth round (98th, 128th, 134th); fifth round (138th); sixth round (175th); seventh round (210th, 223rd). First-round order 1. Indianapolis 2. Washington (from Rams) 3. Vikings 4. Cleveland 5. Tampa Bay 6. St. Louis (from Redskins) 7. Jacksonville 8. Miami 9. Carolina 10. Buffalo 11. Kansas City 12. Seattle 13. Arizona 14. Dallas 15. Philadelphia 16. N.Y. Jets 17. Cincinnati 18. San Diego 19. Chicago 20. Tennessee 21. Cincinnati 22. Cleveland (from Falcons) 23. Detroit 24. Pittsburgh 25. Denver 26. Houston 27. New England (from Saints) 28. Green Bay 29. Baltimore 30. San Francisco 31. New England 32. N.Y. Giants