Vikings’ best fourth-round picks of the last decade

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DT Jaleel Johnson

Former Minnesota Vikings defensive tackle Jaleel Johnson. Photo: AP Photo/Tony Avelar

Johnson was taken in the 2017 NFL draft. Since then, he's become a useful reserve for the Vikings. This offseason, he signed with the Texans. He struggled to get pressure last season, along with the rest of the Minnesota defensive line, but before 2020, he was OK as an option off the bench.

WR Jarius Wright

Former Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Jarius Wright. Photo: Brad Rempel/USA TODAY Sports

Wright earned the nicknames Mr. Third Down and Mr. Clutch for his ability to convert catches into first downs when the team really needed him to. In 2014, he tallied 588 receiving yards in 16 games and seven starts. He was never the main receiving threat in Minnesota, but he served as good depth.

DE Everson Griffen

Minnesota Vikings defensive end Everson Griffen. Photo: Brace Hemmelgarn/USA TODAY Sports

Based on how well he played with the Vikings, it's surprising to remember that Griffen was drafted in the fourth round. Not only that, but he had to work his way up the depth chart for a few years with the Vikings. But when he did, he got results. Griffen had 12 sacks in his first full season as a starter. He was a four-time Pro Bowler with Minnesota. In 2019, Griffen had a resurgent year, tallying eight sacks in his final season for the Vikings.

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