Heading into the draft, we will give the recent history at each of the Vikings' seven draft slots.
We will continue this series with pick No. 228, the sixth of the Vikings' seven selections. The slot has a Minnesota connection. Lydon Murtha, a 2008 All-State offensive tackle at Hutchinson High School, was taken there by Detroit in 2009. But he never played for the Lions. He was claimed off Detroit's practice squad by the Dolphins and played in nine games over three seasons before his career ended in 2011.
Before we look at the good, bad and ugly, here is a list of the last 10 players to go 228th overall:
2014: Zach Hacker, K, Redskins
2013: Jawan Jamison, RB, Redskins
2012: Jeris Pendleton, DT Jaguars
2011: Jabara Williams, LB, Rams
2010: Reggie Stephens, C, Bengals
2009: Lydon Murtha, OT, Lions
2008: Chris Chamberlain, DB, Rams
2007: DeShawn Wynn, RB, Packers
2006: Jarrad Page, DB, Chiefs
2005: Shaun Nua, DE, Steelers
The good… Well, there isn't much to pick from. Chamberlain started 16 of 59 games in four years with the Rams and two with the Saints. But we'll go with Page, who started 45 of 74 games with four teams, including the Vikings briefly in 2011. He spent four years with the Chiefs and a year in New England. In 2011, when the Vikings' secondary was decimated by injuries, he ended up in Minnesota for five games in what would be his final season.
The bad… Let's call it a multi-player tie. Seven of the 10 have played fewer than 10 games. Nau, Jamison and Stephens never played a game and are out of the league Hocker hasn't played a game, but is still in the NFL. He made the Redskins' practice squad and is now with the Dolphins.
The ugly… It's a bad group overall, but the worst of the worst was Nau. He's the only one of the batch who didn't even make an NFL roster or a practice squad as a rookie and never played in the NFL.
Having the Vikings ever picked 228th? No. So this will be their best 228th pick ever. Or their worst.
Best 228th pick in NFL history? Easy. In 1951, the Los Angeles Rams selected a 6-1, 230-pound defensive end named Andy Robustelli in the 19th round. He played five years with the Rams, nine more with the Giants and joined the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1971.
Big thanks to Pro Football Reference and their invaluable Draft Finder for making our work easy.