Will The Vikes Draft Another QB? Vikings QB Drafting History Since ’61.
1961: Fran Tarkenton, Georgia, third round. Became a hall of famer.
1961: Mike McFarland, Western Illinois, 20th round. Never really made it.
1963: Mailon Kent, Auburn, 20th round. Never really made it.
1968: Jim Haynie, West Chester State, 15th round. Never really made it.
1969: Brian Dowling, Yale, 11th round. After Vikings cut him, played briefly for the New England Patriots and Green Bay Packers. More famous for being the inspiration for the character B.D. in the Doonesbury comic strip by Yale classmate Garry Trudeau.
1970: Bill Cappleman, Florida State, second round. Played in one game as a rookie with the Vikings and seven games with the Detroit Lions in 1973, and that was it.
1972: Neil Graff, Wisconsin, 16th round. Played a few seasons as a backup, but not with the Vikings.
1973: Mike Wells, Illinois, fourth round. Never really made it.
1976: Bill Salmon, Northern Iowa, 10th round. Never really made it.
1977: Tommy Kramer, Rice, first round. Two-Minute Tommy replaced Tarkenton and made it to the Pro Bowl in 1986.
1979: Steve Dils, Stanford, fourth round. Primarily a backup, he
cobbled together a 10-year career with the Vikings, Rams and Falcons.
1981: Wade Wilson, East Texas State, eighth round. Guided the Vikings to the 1987 NFC championship game.
1985: Steve Bono, UCLA, sixth round. Hung in the NFL for 14 years and played with six teams — mostly as a backup.
1987: Brent Pease, Montana, 11th round. Played two seasons with the Houston Oilers after the Vikings dumped him.
1992: Brad Johnson, Florida State, ninth round. Had two tours of duty with the Vikings; in between, he won a Super Bowl with the defense-minded Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
1993: Gino Torretta, Miami, seven round. Won the Heisman Trophy in college, flopped in the NFL.
1995: Chad May, Kansas State, fourth round. Never really made it.
1999: Daunte Culpepper, Central Florida, first round. When he was good, he was very good; when he was bad, he stunk it up. When he was good, he played in three Pro Bowls with the Vikings.
2006: Tarvaris Jackson, Alabama State, second round. Given plenty of chances, but he just couldn’t cut it as a starter. Maybe if somebody signs him he can kick-start his NFL career.
2007: Tyler Thigpen, Coastal Carolina, seventh round. The Vikings wanted him on their practice squad but, once he was released on waivers, the Kansas City Chiefs snatched him. He had 18 TD passes in 2008; Tarvaris Jackson’s career high was nine TDs in both 2007 and 2008.
2008: John David Booty, USC, fifth round. Never really made it.
2010: Joe Webb, Alabama-Birmingham, sixth round: Started two games last season, but the Vikings sure don’t appear to see him as the future at QB.