A recent history of No. 3 picks

  • Updated: April 22, 2012 - 10:47 PM

Here's a look at each No. 3 pick since 1980:

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).

MARK CRAIG

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
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Cleveland - LP: T. House 1 FINAL
Detroit - WP: A. Simon 4
Chicago Cubs 0 Postponed
Cincinnati 0
Kansas City 0 Postponed
Chicago WSox 0
Houston 6 Top 7th Inning
Oakland 0
NY Mets 7 Top 7th Inning
NY Yankees 1
Washington 0 Top 7th Inning
Miami 4
Toronto - D. Norris 5:10 PM
Tampa Bay - E. Ramirez
Atlanta - S. Miller 6:05 PM
Philadelphia - D. Buchanan
Boston - J. Masterson 6:05 PM
Baltimore - W. Chen
St. Louis - A. Wainwright 6:10 PM
Milwaukee - W. Peralta
Pittsburgh - A. Burnett 7:10 PM
Arizona - R. De La Rosa
San Francisco - T. Hudson 7:10 PM
Colorado - J. De La Rosa
Los Angeles - B. McCarthy 7:40 PM
San Diego - I. Kennedy
Texas - C. Lewis 8:05 PM
LA Angels - C. Wilson
Minnesota - T. May 8:10 PM
Seattle - J. Paxton
Atlanta 83 FINAL
Brooklyn 91
Chicago 11 1st Qtr 6:16
Milwaukee 11
Golden State 7:00 PM
New Orleans
Memphis 9:30 PM
Portland
Washington 1 3rd Prd 2:49
NY Islanders 2
Detroit 5:00 PM
Tampa Bay
Nashville 7:00 PM
Chicago
Vancouver 8:00 PM
Calgary
Philadelphia 6:30 PM
Columbus
Real Salt Lake 6:30 PM
New England
Sporting Kansas City 7:30 PM
Houston
D.C. 9:30 PM
Vancouver FC
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