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No. 9: Vikings' best draft class

Vikings get consistent value, but rarely have deep draft classes

Originally Published: March 30, 2009
By ESPN Stats & Information | Special to Insider

ESPN Stats & Information has ranked all NFL players drafted in the modern draft (1967-2008) based on their performance during their NFL careers -- regardless of how they fared with the team that drafted them. Insider will count down each team's best draft class (seeded 1-32), then conduct a tournament to determine the best class of all time.

For a short explanation of the ranking system, click here, or, for a more detailed rundown of how the system was developed, click here.

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VIKINGS' BEST CLASS: 1967

The Vikings have been superior in the trenches. Six of their Top 10 players are on the offensive or defensive line.

But despite Minnesota's franchise success, it has never had a deep draft class. The Vikings have had only two classes -- 1998 and 1983 -- that yielded more than one player who scored in double digits according to ESPN Stats & Information's ranking system. Even the team's best draft year, 1967, doesn't fall into that category. Still, the Class of '67 had seven players with points in the rankings, making it by far the Vikings' best draft.