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20-year perspective: Vikings fourth round pick

Posted by: Mark Craig under NFL draft Updated: May 4, 2014 - 7:14 AM

TODAY'S LOOK BACK: The 108th overall pick.

Looking back on previous NFL drafts for a better understanding of the crapshoot nature of this business is oh so much easier and more fun to do than pretending to know how the next wave of draft picks will perform. We've already looked back through the past 20 drafts for some perspective on the picks the Vikings hold in the fifth (148), sixth (184) and seventh (223) rounds of next week's draft. Today, we move up to the fourth round to do the same with the 108th overall pick.

Pro Bowlers picked No. 108 since 1994: 3. In 2002, the Jaguars picked quarterback David Garrard. In 2006, the Saints hit a grand slam with the massive, powerful guard Jahri Evans, who went from D-II Bloomsberg to five-time All-Pro (and counting). In 2007, the Dolphins took defensive tackle Paul Soliai.

Have the Vikings picked No. 108 since 1994?: No.

Ouch 1: In 2003, the Broncos selected running back Quentin Griffin. He lasted three years and never made a Pro Bowl. Twelve picks later, the Patriots took cornerback Asante Samuel. He has played 11 years, won three All-Pro honors and lead the NFL in interceptions twice.

Ouch 2: In 1999, the Chiefs took receiver Larry Parker. He played two seasons and caught 18 passes. One pick later, the Steelers took defensive end Aaron Smith. He played 13 seasons, made the Pro Bowl and won two Super Bowls.

Ouch 3: In 2010, the Raiders took receiver Jacoby Ford. He has 57 catches in four seasons. Twelve picks later, the Bengals took defensive tackle Geno Atkins. He's already at two first-team All-Pro honors. The Raiders also could have had tight end Aaron Hernandez, who went 113th overall to the Patriots. But there some definite, um, character red flags to consider.

Other highlights/lowlights of the No. 108 pick since 1994:

1997: Marcus Robinson wasn't a bad pick by the Bears at 108 in 1997. He played 10 years, including three with the Vikings, and finished with 325 catches and 43 touchdowns.

2004: This was a solid spring for fourth-round picks. The Jets took receiver Jerricho Cotchery at No. 108. He's still playing down in Carolina and has 437 catches. Meanwhile, at No. 110, the Bears took cornerback Nathan Vasher, a Pro Bowl player with one All-Pro team. And at 126, the Chiefs took a chance on Jared Allen. Allen has made four All-Pro teams, three with the Vikings, and, of course, is still active in Chicago.

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Atlanta - LP: J. Teheran 2 FINAL
Philadelphia - WP: C. Hamels 9
Washington 0 FINAL
Miami 8
Boston 4 FINAL
Minnesota 4
Detroit 2 FINAL
Houston 3
Toronto - WP: C. Hynes 9 FINAL
Boston - LP: D. Hinojosa 7
Tampa Bay - WP: J. Norberto 3 FINAL
NY Yankees - LP: C. Whitley 0
St. Louis 5 FINAL
NY Mets 4
Los Angeles 4 FINAL
Kansas City 4
LA Angels 1 FINAL
Oakland 4
San Diego 8 FINAL
Chicago WSox 2
Chicago WSox 12 FINAL
Seattle 4
Cleveland 2 FINAL
San Francisco 5
Milwaukee 7 FINAL
Chicago Cubs 11
Arizona 3 FINAL
Cincinnati 0
Texas 4 FINAL
Colorado 10
Pittsburgh 3 FINAL
Baltimore 3
Detroit 78 FINAL
Charlotte 102
Philadelphia 93 FINAL
Washington 106
San Antonio 103 FINAL
Orlando 91
Indiana 87 FINAL
Boston 100
Brooklyn 100 FINAL
New York 98
Chicago 91 FINAL
Milwaukee 95
Dallas 135 FINAL
Oklahoma City 131
Sacramento 111 FINAL
Houston 115
Toronto 113 FINAL
Minnesota 99
Denver 84 FINAL
Utah 98
LA Clippers 126 FINAL
Portland 122
New Orleans 113 FINAL
LA Lakers 92
Toronto 3 FINAL
Buffalo 4
Philadelphia 4 FINAL
Pittsburgh 1
Edmonton 1 FINAL
Anaheim 5
Colorado 1 FINAL
San Jose 5
Loyola-Chicago 63 FINAL
ULM 62
UCLA 69 FINAL
Michigan 65
Temple 58 FINAL
West Virginia 66
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Date/Opponent Time W L Score
2014 preseason     
Aug 8 - vs. Oakland 7 pmX10-6
Aug 16 - vs. Arizona 7:30 pmX30-28
Aug 23 - at Kansas City 7 pmX30-12
Aug 28 - at Tennessee 7 pmX19-3
2014 regular season     
Sep 7 - at St. Louis NoonX34-6
Sep 14 - vs. New England NoonX30-7
Sep 21 - at New Orleans NoonX20-9
Sep 28 - vs. Atlanta 3:25 pmX41-28
Oct 2 - at Green Bay 7:25 pmX42-10
Oct 12 - vs. Detroit NoonX17-3
Oct 19 - at. Buffalo NoonX17-16
Oct 26 - at Tampa Bay NoonX19-13 ot
Nov 2 - vs. Washington NoonX29-26
Nov 9 - Bye
Nov 16 - at Chicago NoonX21-13
Nov. 23 - vs. Green Bay NoonX24-21
Nov. 30 - vs. Carolina NoonX31-13
Dec 7 - vs. NY Jets NoonX30-24 ot
Dec 14 - at Detroit 3:25 pmX16-14
Dec 21 - at Miami NoonX37-35
Dec 28 - vs. Chicago NoonX13-9

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