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Minnesota Vikings place 3 on Rising 50 sales list

The Minnesota Vikings had three players make the NFLPA’s Rising 50 sales list, with only two teams placing more players on the list.

The Minnesota Vikings placed three players on the NFL Players Association’s 2017 Rising 50 list.

The list identifies players poised to break out and rank among next season’s top sellers of all officially licensed merchandise. This year, the Vikings to make the list were QB Sam Bradford and running backs Latavius Murray and Dalvin Cook.

Bradford checked in at No. 24 after being traded from the Philadelphia Eagles to the Vikings days after Teddy Bridgewater suffered a devastating knee injury during a preseason practice last August. 

Murray, acquired in free agency, placed 40th on the list and rookie Cook, drafted in the second round, was just two spots behind him at No. 42.

Last year, Vikings receiver Stefon Diggs was listed among the rising 50 and this year he was in the top 50 for sales. He was one of 10 players on the rising 50 list last year to make the top-50 list this year.

The Vikings were among four teams to have three players on the list, joining the Atlanta Falcons, Cleveland Browns and Denver Broncos. Only two teams, the Los Angeles Chargers and Washington Redskins, had more players on the Rising 50 list, with four each.

The ranking was developed by evaluating on-field performances during the 2016 season, fantasy football popularity, early demand from NFLPA sponsors and licensees, as well as new faces in strong markets. To be considered for inclusion, players must not have appeared in any previous quarterly or year-end list of the NFLPA Top 50 Player Sales.

By assembling this list of Rising 50 players, the NFLPA provides current and prospective business partners – including sponsors, licensees, and retailers – with valuable sales and marketing insights to plan product lines and marketing campaigns for the upcoming season.

2017 NFLPA Rising 50 List

  1. David Johnson, RB, Arizona Cardinals
  2. Devonta Freeman, RB, Atlanta Falcons
  3. Jay Ajayi, RB, Miami Dolphins
  4. Jordan Howard, RB, Chicago Bears
  5. Mike Evans, WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  6. Myles Garrett, DE, Cleveland Browns
  7. Brandin Cooks, WR, New England Patriots
  8. Melvin Gordon, RB, Los Angeles Chargers
  9. Deshaun Watson, QB, Houston Texans
  10. Christian McCaffrey, RB, Carolina Panthers
  11. Josh Norman, CB, Washington Redskins
  12. Allen Robinson, WR, Jacksonville Jaguars
  13. Leonard Fournette, RB, Jacksonville Jaguars
  14. Keenan Allen, WR, Los Angeles Chargers
  15. Tyrann Mathieu, S, Arizona Cardinals
  16. Tyrod Taylor, QB, Buffalo Bills
  17. Travis Kelce, TE, Kansas City Chiefs
  18. Jordan Reed, TE, Washington Redskins
  19. T.Y. Hilton, WR, Indianapolis Colts
  20. Tyler Eifert, TE, Cincinnati Bengals
  21. Zach Ertz, TE, Philadelphia Eagles
  22. Ameer Abdullah, RB, Detroit Lions
  23. Derrick Henry, RB, Tennessee Titans
  24. Sam Bradford, QB, Minnesota Vikings
  25. Mitchell Trubisky, QB, Chicago Bears
  26. Trevor Siemian, QB, Denver Broncos
  27. Terrelle Pryor, WR, Washington Redskins
  28. Sterling Shepard, WR, New York Giants
  29. Mike Thomas, WR, New Orleans Saints
  30. Tevin Coleman, RB, Atlanta Falcons
  31. Spencer Ware, RB, Kansas City Chiefs
  32. Ty Montgomery, RB, Green Bay Packers
  33. Hunter Henry, TE, Los Angeles Chargers
  34. Corey Coleman, WR, Cleveland Browns
  35. Landon Collins, S, New York Giants
  36. Vic Beasley, DE, Atlanta Falcons
  37. Fletcher Cox, DT, Philadelphia Eagles
  38. Eric Berry, S, Kansas City Chiefs
  39. Paxton Lynch, QB, Denver Broncos
  40. Latavius Murray, RB, Minnesota Vikings
  41. Rob Kelley, RB, Washington Redskins
  42. Dalvin Cook, RB, Minnesota Vikings
  43. Mike Williams, WR, Los Angeles Chargers
  44. T.J. Watt, LB, Pittsburgh Steelers
  45. DeShone Kizer, QB, Cleveland Browns
  46. John Ross, WR, Cincinnati Bengals
  47. Corey Davis, WR, Tennessee Titans
  48. Jake Butt, TE, Denver Broncos
  49. James Conner, RB, Pittsburgh Steelers
  50. Jimmy Garoppolo, QB, New England Patriots

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