The Minnesota Vikings will be without a first round pick in this upcoming draft due to the Sam Bradford trade, but at the moment they still have their second round pick, which is the 48th overall pick.
The Vikings have picked at #48 only three times in their history. Here are the players they picked at that spot:
1978: Miami cornerback John Turner
Spent his first six seasons with the Vikings. Spent the 1984 season with the San Diego Chargers, before returning to the Vikings for the 1985 and 1987 season.
In eight seasons with the Vikings, Turner appeared in 101 games (70 starts). He recorded 22 interceptions, which included three seasons with five interceptions or more.
2004: Auburn linebacker Dontarrious Thomas
Spent first four seasons with the Vikings. Appeared in 59 games (starting in 10). Totaled 143 tackles and 1.5 sacks.
Was signed by the San Francisco 49ers in 2008, but was released before the season started. Returned to the Vikings a month into the season. He appeared in four games, making one tackle.
2006: Texas cornerback Cedric Griffin (pictured)
Spent first six of his seasons with the Vikings. Started in 54 out of 62 during his first four seasons. Recorded over 90 tackles during those seasons. Physical corner and looked like he was going to be a long-term starter and was given a five-year/$25 million extension after the 2008 season. Griffin though tore his left ACL during overtime of the 2009 NFC Championship Game. He returned during week three the very next season, but tore his right ACL two weeks later.
Griffin was released after the 2011 season.
Two out of those three turned out to be decent contributors. Since the Vikings do not have a first round pick and did not get much production from their rookies last season, it will be very critical for them to get a good player in the second round.
There is a good chance they will look at taking Indiana guard Dan Feeney. They signed tackles Riley Reiff and Mike Remmers, but the right guard position is still a question mark. If they choose not to take a guard with that pick, they could start Nick Easton at center and Joe Berger at right guard.
They could also consider defensive tackles Caleb Brantley (Florida) or Malik McDowell (Michigan State) with Sharrif Floyd’s career in jeopardy. Getting a starter next to Linval Joseph would be nice, but they need a right guard more. Their defense will continue to be among the best in the league. The offensive line on the other hand has been the team’s biggest weakness the past three years. Reiff and Remmers are good starts, but they still need another piece to the line.
General manager Rick Spielman loves to trade up and acquire more picks. The Vikings have two third round picks and two fourth round picks, so it won’t be a shock to see them move up for another second round pick.