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The Ghosts of Drafts Past

Posted at 7:30 PM on April 24, 2009 by David Zingler

Here is a quick look at what the Vikings did with their 1st round picks 5, 10, 15, 20, 25 and 30 years ago.

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2004
(20) Kenechi Udeze, DE USC
Udeze's career has been a disappointment so far. He compiled just 11 sacks from 2004-07 (including 0 in 2006 despite appearing in all 16 games) before missing the 2008 season after being diagnosed with leukemia. The 26-year-old is currently cancer free and hopes to return to action in 2009. We wish him all the best.
On Second Thought: (24) Stephen Jackson, RB, Rams


1999
(11) Daunte Culpepper, QB Central Florida
Culpepper was the Vikings starting signal caller from 2000-05 and appeared in 3 Pro Bowls during that span. He is currently the presumed starter of the Detroit Lions.
On Second Thought: Culpepper proved to be a worthy selection

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(29) Dimitrius Underwood, DE Michigan State
The worst draft pick in team history, Underwood didn't even last one day in training camp. The troubled lineman played 19 games with Dallas from 2000-01 compiling 4 sacks before personal issues ended his career. I have had no luck in trying to find out where he is or what he is doing today.
On Second Thought: Anyone other than Underwood


1994
(18) DeWayne Washington, CB North Carolina State
Washington was an immediate starter and solid contributor for the team from 1994-1997. He remained in the league until 2005, playing for the Steelers and Jaguars after leaving Minnesota.

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(19) Todd Steussie, OT California
Steussie stayed with the team through the 2000 season, earning Pro Bowl honors twice. He also played with the Panthers, Buccaneers and Rams before retiring after the 2007 season.
On Second Thought: Both players proved to be better than anyone selected after them in the 1st round


1989
Pick was traded to Pittsburgh for the rights to LB Mike Merriweather, who selected OT Tom Rickets of Pitt with the 24th selection.

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1984
(13) Keith Millard, DT Washington
Millard was a beast before a knee injury in 1990 derailed his career and effectively ended his tenure with the Vikings. He set the single season record of 18 sacks by a Defensive Tackle en route to winning NFL Defensive Player of the Year honors in 1989 and was a 1st Team All Pro selection twice. Millard also suited up with the Seahawks, Packers and Eagles before hanging it up in 1993.
On Second Thought: Millard was a wise choice


1979
(16) Ted Brown, RB South Carolina
Brown spent 8 seasons in Purple, highlighted by his 1,063 yard season in 1981. He retired with 4,546 rushing yards and 53 combined TDs.
On Second Thought: Brown was a solid pick

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