Taking a Look Back at the Best #48 Picks of All-Time
The Minnesota Vikings do not have a first round pick due to the Sam Bradford trade. They still have their second round pick at the moment, which is the 48th overall pick.
Here is a look back at the best 48th overall picks in NFL history:
1972: Penn State running back Lydell Mitchell (Baltimore Colts)
Spent first six seasons with the Colts. Two seasons with the San Diego Chargers and one with the Los Angeles Rams. Three-time Pro Bowler (1975-1977).
Rushed for over 1,000 yards three times and 6,534 yards in his career. Also had 60 receptions or more in four seasons.
1980: Alabama center Dwight Stephenson (Miami Dolphins)
Spent entire eight-year career with the Dolphins. Was a Pro Bowl and First-team All-Pro selection from 1983-1987. Member of the NFL 1980s All-Decade team. Played in two Super Bowls and was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1998.
Career was cut short due to a knee injury.
1981: Villanova defensive end Howie Long (Oakland Raiders)
The longtime Fox Sports analyst spent his entire 13-year career with the Raiders. Eight-time Pro Bowl and three-time First-team All-Pro selection. 1985 Defensive Player of the Year and a member of the NFL’s 1980s All-Decade team. Member of the Raiders 1983 Super Bowl championship team. Inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2000.
1990: Florida State safety Leroy Butler (Packers)
Spent entire 12-year career with the Packers. Four-time Pro Bowl and All-Pro selection (1993, 1996-1998). Member of the Packers 1996 Super Bowl championship team and the NFL’s 1990s All-Decade team. Recorded five interceptions or more four times.
1995: Illinois tight end Ken Dilger (Indianapolis Colts)
Pro Bowler in 2001. Spent first seven seasons with the Colts before spending the final three with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Was a member of the Buccaneers Super Bowl championship team in 2002. Recorded 40 receptions or more in four seasons.
2001: Purdue offensive tackle Matt Light (New England Patriots)
Spent all 11 seasons with the Patriots. Three-time Pro Bowler (2006, 2007 & 2010) and a key member of three Super Bowl championship teams. Started in 153 out of 155 games played.
Played with Drew Brees in college before playing with Tom Brady in the NFL. Pretty impressive story.
2013: Michigan State running back Le’Veon Bell (Steelers)
Currently one of the best backs in the league. Two-time Pro Bowler (2014 & 2016). Also a great pass catcher out of the backfield.
Given the Vikings needs at right guard, it would be a shock if they do not select Indiana’s Dan Feeney if he is still available. New tackles Riley Reiff and Mike Remmers will certainly help, but they still need a right guard. Even if they don’t take one in the second round, they need to take one some time in the draft. General manager loves to gain additional picks in the draft and move up. He could do so again.
If Feeney is not available, they could perhaps draft a defensive tackle or linebacker. Sharrif Floyd may never play again and the Vikings could use another linebacker with Chad Greenway’s retirement. Eric Kendricks had a very good season, but Anthony Barr did not after playing well his first two seasons.
Only three more weeks until draft time!