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Vikings have had an unprecedented run of first-round draft picks

Posted by: Michael Rand under Vikings Updated: May 12, 2014 - 2:41 PM

When the Vikings and Rick Spielman made a trade to get back into the first round on Thursday to take Teddy Bridgewater with the night's final pick, they hope they secured their QB of the future.

What isn't in doubt is that they also secured a place in recent draft history. They had two first round picks in 2012 and 2014; in between, they had three first-round picks in 2013.

We went back and looked at the past 25 years of NFL draft history, from 1990-2014. No other team during that span had as many as seven first-round picks during a three-year span.

In fact, it's only happened three times during that span that a team had as many as six in a three-year span (and yes, one of those teams was the early 1990s Cowboys, who stockpiled picks as a result of the Herschel Walker trade with the Vikings).

We're writing a little more about this for tomorrow's dead tree edition, but we found it interesting, at least.

It will be fascinating to see how all seven picks pan out, but it has the potential to be very good (after all, Dallas won three Super Bowls on the strength of some of those picks).

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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
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