Top 10 Minnesota Vikings All Time Draft Busts

Since 1961, the Minnesota Vikings have had their fair share of bust football players. Today, we take a look at 10 players who were huge draft busts.

The Top Ten

1 Christian Ponder

''Following two seasons with the ol’ gunslinger himself in Brett Favre, Minnesota found themselves in the market for a quarterback heading into the 2011 NFL Draft. There were a few highly-rated signal callers that year and the Vikings managed to get their hands on one of them. It just was not the right one. Ponder could have possibly been a successful quarterback on the professional level, but landing in Minnesota certainly was not the best situation for him to attempt in doing that.'' Needless to say the worst Rick Spielman pick of all time without out a doubt. - htoutlaws2012

2 Troy Williamson Troy Williamson

''Williamson was the seventh pick of the first round in 2005 out of South Carolina and was supposed to be the next Randy Moss. Yeah, OK! The Vikings knew they made a mistake getting rid of Moss, tried to grab a replacement fast and wound up reaping what they sowed.
Williamson never really even put in the effort that one would expect from a starting receiver, blaming nearly everything under the sun for his horrible play. He never became what the Vikings had envisioned, and the worst part was Roddy White was selected 20 picks later.'' being compared to Randy Moss is a high standard, but problem was he just didn't fit in very well. - htoutlaws2012

3 D. J. Dozier

''Dozier was the 14th pick of the first round in 1987 out of Penn St. and spent four seasons with Minnesota racking up just 643 yards and seven touchdowns. The only saving grace was that the 1987 draft wasn’t exactly filled with a lot of promise and was arguably one of the worst draft classes ever, but Dozier was still a monumental bust.'' Oh Another Penn State Running back what do you know. - htoutlaws2012

4 Erasmus James

''One of the biggest busts for the Vikings was first rounder Erasmus James out of Wisconsin, hands down.
What made him so enticing was his collegiate career that garnered 124 tackles (25.5 for losses), 18 sacks, 28 quarterback hurries, seven forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and six pass deflections.
He was even nicknamed "The Eraser" due to his ability to sack the quarterback and was an All-American in his senior year. As a Viking, though, James garnered just five sacks in four years and never acclimated himself to the pro level.'' - htoutlaws2012

5 Gerald Robinson

''Robinson was supposed to be a beefy upgrade on the interior, an upgrade that was supposed to improve the pass rush, but never panned out.
Had 3.5 sacks in 16 games for the Vikes, then spent a few seasons as a backup for the Rams and Chargers.'' - htoutlaws2012

6 Dimitrius Underwood

''The claim to Underwood’s intrigue was his above-average physicality, which prompted the Vikings to reach a year later for him. The problem with Underwood was he never amounted to squat and never even made it out of camp with mental issues that relegated him to private care rather than NFL stardom.'' - htoutlaws2012

7 Leo Hayden

''Hayden was a highly touted back out of Ohio State scooped up with the 24th pick of the first round in 1971. But the then running back-needy Vikings never got anything out of Hayden and neither did the Rams, the team he finished his career with two years later.
Hayden played seven games for the Vikings gaining not a single yard, and subsequently spent the next two seasons with the Rams gaining 28 yards in nine touches.'' - htoutlaws2012

8 Dwayne Rudd

''Rudd had 10 sacks and 250 tackles in four seasons with the Vikes which wasn’t bad, but didn’t exactly set the world on fire. Running Back Corey Dillon was also available at the time.'' - htoutlaws2012

9 Laquon Treadwell

I feel like Treadwell can get better though - 2storm

Okay its been 2 seasons, and while its shaky predictably Treadwell seems to be lost in the shuffle of this talented looking squad getting overshadowed by the likes of a 5th Rounder Stefon Diggs, and an undrafted Adam Thielen its safe to say Treadwell could be the odd man outta this picture very soon. - htoutlaws2012

10 Darrin Nelson

''Nelson was the seventh pick of the first round in 1982 out of Stanford and was looked at as the dual-threat out of the backfield the Vikings were interested in. But in 10 years as a Viking he garnered just 4,231 yards and 18 touchdowns. Why is this a problem?
At the time another back was available by the name of Marcus Allen who was picked three picks later.
Nelson finished his career as a Charger and was also involved in the infamous Herschel Walker trade fiasco.'' - htoutlaws2012

The Contenders

11 Daunte Culpepper Daunte Culpepper Daunte Rachard Culpepper is a former American football quarterback. He last played for the Sacramento Mountain Lions of the United Football League.
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