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:
Hall of Famer.
Could have had: Ronnie Lott (8th).
Could have had: Marcus Allen (10th).
Could have had: Bruce Matthews (9), Jim Kelly (14), Dan Marino (27), Darrell Green (28).
Could have had: Chris Doleman (4), Jerry Rice (16).
Could have had: DE Leslie O'Neal (8).
Could have had: Rod Woodson (10)
Could have had: Michael Irvin (11), Randall McDaniel (19).
Hall of Famer.
Hall of Famer. Could have had: Emmitt Smith (17).
Could have had: Herman Moore (10).
Could have had: CB Troy Vincent (7).
Could have had: Willie Roaf (8), Jerome Bettis (10).
Could have had: DT Bryant Young (7).
Became a league MVP.
Could have had: Ray Lewis (26).
Could have had: LB Peter Boulware (4).
Could have had: Charles Woodson (4), Randy Moss (21).
Could have had: Edgerrin James (5), Ricky Williams (6), Torry Holt (7), Champ Bailey (7), Daunte Culpepper (11), Jevon Kearse (16), Antoine Winfield (23).
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).
Could have had: Dwight Freeney (11), Ed Reed (24).
Could have had: DeMarcus Ware (11), Aaron Rodgers (24).
Could have had: Haloti Ngata (12).
Multiple All-Pro but could have had Adrian Peterson (7).
Could have had: Brian Orakpo (13), Percy Harvin (22), Clay Matthews (26).
Could have had: Jason Pierre-Paul (15).
Could have had: Patrick Peterson (5).
MARK CRAIGdraft 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
|Cleveland - LP: T. House||1||FINAL|
|Detroit - WP: A. Simon||4|
|Houston||6||Top 7th Inning|
|NY Mets||7||Top 7th Inning|
|Washington||0||Top 7th Inning|
|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|
|Chicago||11||1st Qtr 6:16|
|Golden State||7:00 PM|
|Washington||1||3rd Prd 2:49|
|Real Salt Lake||6:30 PM|
|Sporting Kansas City||7:30 PM|