Minnesota Vikings: Looking Back at Recent Second Round Picks That Did Not Pan Out
Considering the Vikings do not have a first round pick this year due to the Sam Bradford trade, getting a good player in the second round this year will be even more crucial than usual.
Second round picks are never asked to do more than first round picks unless their first round teammates are benched due to playing behind a great player or having serious injuries. It is still very important for second rounders to perform well for their clubs. Sometimes second rounders outplay many first rounders. Some players regardless of their draft position are very talented, but have too many injuries, which you cannot blame them for.
Here are recent second picks who did not pan out for the Vikings:
2000: Miami defensive tackle Michael Boireau (56th overall pick)
Did not appear in any games during his two years with the Vikings. Had a rare condition called myasthenia gravis and a degenerative hip injury. He was released before the 2002 season and later played in the CFL. He was signed by the Cleveland Browns in 2003, but did not play a down for them.
2001: Stanford defensive end Willie Howard (57th overall pick)
Eight games into his rookie year, Howard tore his ACL and sprained his MCL. He also broke his femur and ankle. Wow. He did not play in 2002 and was released before training camp in 2003. He retired after that.
2002: Washington State linebacker Raonall Smith (38th overall pick)
Spent first four seasons with the Vikings. Had some speed, but had problems staying healthy.
Smith missed his entire rookie season with a shoulder injury and played in only seven games in each of his next two seasons. During his time with the Vikings, he appeared in 30 games (nine starts). He spent the 2006 season with the St. Louis Rams, appearing in four games. He was out of the league after that.
2004: Auburn linebacker Dontarrious Thomas (48th overall pick)
Spent first four seasons with the Vikings. Was mostly a backup and special teams player. 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. He was signed by the San Diego Chargers for the 2009 playoffs, but did not play in the game. Spent 2009-2011 in the UFL.
2005: Mississippi guard Marcus Johnson (49th overall pick)
Among the worst draft classes in Vikings history. They whiffed in the first round on Troy Williamson and Erasmus James. Their next selection did not pan out either.
Johnson appeared in 47 games (18 started). Spent the 2009 season with the Tampa Buccaneers before being out of the league.
2006: New Mexico tackle Ryan Cook (51st overall)
Spent his first four seasons with the Vikings, before being released before the start of the 2011 season. Cook appeared in 70 games with the Vikings (40 starts). Phil Loadholt replaced him as the starting right tackle in 2009.
Cook spent the 2011 season with the Miami Dolphins (seven games, no starts) and the 2012 season with the Dallas Cowboys (13 games, 11 starts) before being out of the league.
2006: Alabama State quarterback Tarvaris Jackson (64th overall pick)
Spent his first five seasons with the Vikings. Good athlete with a strong arm, but struggled with accuracy and decision making. Brad Johnson was the team’s starter when Jackson was drafted, but the hope was that he would be the answer in the future. That did not happen.
Jackson appeared in 36 games for the Vikings (20 started), throwing 24 touchdowns and 22 interceptions with a 78.6 quarterback rating. He spent the 2011 season with the Seattle Seahawks and 2012 with the Buffalo Bills. He returned to the Seahawks from 2013-2015. He is out of the league.
2007: South Carolina wide receiver Sidney Rice (44th overall pick)
Spent four seasons with the Vikings. Had a great season with Brett Favre in 2009, catching 83 passes for 1,312 yards and eight touchdowns, but contributed very little during his other three seasons.
He had a decent rookie year, catching 31 passes for 396 yards and four touchdowns in 13 games. The next season he missed three games and later lost his starting spot to Bobby Wade. He had 15 receptions for 141 yards and four touchdowns. In 2010, Rice decided to hold off on having offseason hip surgery. He had the surgery three weeks into training camp and did not play until November. He had 17 receptions for 280 yards and two touchdowns on the season.
Rice was not re-signed by the Vikings and spent 2011-2013 with the Seattle Seahawks. He retired due to having multiple concussions.
2008: Arkansas State safety Tyrell Johnson (43rd overall pick)
Spent his first four seasons with the Vikings, appearing in 49 games (27 starts). Johnson was a good tackler, but struggled in coverage.
He spent the 2012 season with the Detroit Lions, appearing in four games. He signed with the Atlanta Falcons in 2014, but did not make the roster. He is out of the league.
2010: Virginia cornerback Chris Cook (34th overall pick)
Spent first four seasons with the Vikings, appearing in 34 games (29 starts). He had trouble staying healthy and also missed the final 10 games of the 2011 season due to domestic charge involving his girlfriend.
Cook spent the 2014 season with the San Francisco 49ers, appearing in six games. He has been out of the league since that season. He did not record an interception during his career. He had his moments where he played decent, especially against Calvin Johnson, but could not stay healthy or consistent. Many times he was in the right spot, but could not locate the ball.
Two years ago, the Vikings got a very good second round player in Eric Kendricks. The jury is still out on last year’s pick, Mackenzie Alexander. In the limited playing time he received last year, he did not impress. With Captain Munnerlyn gone, he will be asked to play and contribute a lot more. It will be very interesting to see how he does in year two.