What College Have The Minnesota Vikings Drafted The Most Players Out Of?


The Minnesota Vikings‘ first season in the National Football League was 1961. They have put together some very good teams since then, owing in large part to their ability to draft well. The question is though, which college have the Viking picked the most players from in the draft?

The answer is not shocking, over the years the Minnesota Vikings have picked 19 players from the University of Minnesota. Here is a look at the players taken over the years (year drafted ? round drafted ? player’s name – position).

Players drafted by the Minnesota Vikings from the University of Minnesota:

1963 – 2nd – Bobby Bell – linebacker
1963 – 11th – John Campbell – linebacker
1964 – 1st – Carl Eller – defensive end
1964 – 20th – Milt Sunde – guard
1965 – 8th – John Hankinson – quarterback
1967 – 5th – Ken Last – end
1968 – 10th – Tom Sakal – defensive back
1969 – 9th – Tom Fink – guard
1969 – 12th – Noel Jenke – linebacker
1971 – 15th – Jeff Wright – defensive back
1972 – 3rd – Bart Buetow – tackle
1973 – 6th – Doug Kingsriter – tight end
1973 – 17th – Dave Winfield – tight end
1975 – 15th – Ollie Bakken – linebacker
1978 – 12th – Jeff Morrow – tackle
1982 – 4th – Jim Fahnhorst – linebacker
1990 – 12th – Ron Goetz – linebacker
1991 – 5th – Chris Thorne – center
2000 – 4th – Tyrone Carter – defensive back

A couple of notes about that selection of players. There are two players in that group that would eventually make it into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, Bobby Bell and Carl Eller. Bell of course was also drafted that year by the AFL‘s Kansas City Chiefs and that is where he chose to play his career. Another player in that list made it into the Hall of Fame too, this time the Baseball Hall of Fame. In 1973, that is baseball’s Dave Winfield that the Vikings drafted. He would go on to fame as a member of the San Diego Padres, New York Yankees, and a few other teams.

The University of Minnesota sits atop the list with 19 selections. In second is the University of Miami with 13, followed by USC with 11, and Boston College with 10.

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