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Continued: Souhan: Fail to succeed, and 2013 could be a success for Vikings

  • Article by: JIM SOUHAN , Star Tribune
  • Last update: November 2, 2013 - 11:35 PM

When Aikman went first overall in 1989, the Vikings didn’t have a first-round pick.

When John Elway went first overall in 1983, the Vikings drafted 19th.

Those are the four surefire, can’t-miss, top-of-the-draft quarterbacks of the past 30 years.

The Vikings haven’t drafted higher than fourth in the first round since they chose Ron Yary with the first pick in the 1968 draft.

The Vikings have taken only three quarterbacks in the first round in franchise history. They made Tommy Kramer the 27th pick in 1977, Daunte Culpepper the 11th pick in the 1999 draft, and Ponder the 12th pick in 2011.

They haven’t been bad enough often enough to position themselves to take a sure-thing quarterback, so it’s not surprising that their three first-round picks at the position enjoyed only sporadic success.

This is their chance to start fresh by drafting a franchise quarterback, and this should be their slogan for the rest of the season:

Lose ’em all for Johnny Football.

 

Jim Souhan can be heard weekdays at noon and Sundays from 10 to noon on 1500 ESPN. His Twitter name is @SouhanStrib. • jsouhan@startribune.com

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2014 preseason     
Aug 8 - vs. Oakland 7 pm
Aug 16 - vs. Arizona 7:30 pm
Aug 23 - at Kansas City 7 pm
Aug 28 - at Tennessee 7 pm
2014 regular season     
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Sep 14 - vs. New England Noon
Sep 21 - at New Orleans Noon
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