Best Vikings’ second round picks of the past decade

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TE Kyle Rudolph

Minnesota Vikings tight end Kyle Rudolph. Photo: Brad Rempel/USA TODAY Sports

Rudolph was a big part of the Vikings' offense for the past 10 years. He's tallied 4,488 receiving yards and 48 touchdowns in the regular season for Minnesota. He signed elsewhere this offseason, but he should be remembered as a stellar red zone target and a well-rounded tight end.

RT Brian O'Neill

Brian O'Neill #75 of the Minnesota Vikings. Photo: Leon Halip/Getty Images

O'Neill landed at right tackle after then-starter Rashod Hill went down with an injury in 2018. He's been the mainstay right tackle ever since. O'Neill is arguably the team's best offensive lineman. This past season, he tallied a PFF grade of 78.0.

RB Dalvin Cook

Minnesota Vikings' Dalvin Cook. Photo: AP Photo/Mike Roemer

Cook has taken the NFL by storm ever since getting drafted by the Vikings. He had 354 rushing yards in just four games in 2017, a season cut short due to an injury. In 2019, he had a career year for rushing yards and rushing touchdowns at the time. Then, in 2020, he beat both his career bests for rushing yards (1,557) and rushing touchdowns (16) again. After a bad start, the Vikings salvaged some of their season last year and Cook was a big reason why.

LB Eric Kendricks

Minnesota Vikings middle linebacker Eric Kendricks. Photo: Elizabeth Flores/Star Tribune via AP

It's hard to think of defensive players who embody a Mike Zimmer defense more so than Kendricks. He's had a PFF grade of 82 or more for the past two seasons. He's not the type of linebacker to put up great pressure numbers, but when it comes to coverage, he's one of the best LBs in the game.

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