But what's even better news is that the Vikings have drafted well in the fourth round of late. As ESPN 1500 writer Tom Pelissero tweeted on Monday.
Vikings 4th-round picks since 2006: Ray Edwards, Brian Robison, Everson Griffen, Christian Ballard. You can get players there.
True dat, Tommy boy, and the Vikings success goes back a bit further than 2006. Some other fourth-round picks of yore:
2004 – Mewelde Moore (RB): Shifty scatback could be nearing the end of the road. But he has a Super Bowl ring with the Steelers to show for it.
2003 – Onterrio Smith (RB): The SOD had a drug problem. Still, he was productive when he played.
2002 – Brian Williams (CB): Always a solid starter. Had 19 interceptions during a nine-year career.
2000 – Tyrone Carter (S): Never starter quality, but provided excellent depth at safety, was an asset on special teams and remained gainfully employed in the NFL until he was 34. Not many players can say that.
Of course, the Vikings also picked Ciatrick Fason, Nat Dorsey, Shawn Worthen and Antonio Wilson in the fourth round during the 2000-2005 time period, so it hasn't all been roses for the club in this round.
But more often than not, Minnesota has been able to find productive players in the fourth round of the NFL draft when many other teams haven't been able to. And as general manager Rick Spielman tries to build the Vikings into a contender from the wreckage of a 3-13 season in 2011, he must unearth a few more hidden gems in the fourth round.