Total picks: 22
2005 Starters: 6
2005 Backups: 9
Other teams: 1
Out of NFL: 5
Suspended for ‘05: 1
The stock of some of the Vikings' picks from the past three drafts fell in 2005 as defensive tackle Kevin Williams struggled after an All-Pro season in 2004, defensive end Kenechi Udeze missed most of the season because of a knee injury and receiver Nate Burleson also struggled with injuries.
The Vikings had two first-round picks in 2005 and ended up getting far more production from defensive end Erasmus James (18th overall) than receiver Troy Williamson (seventh overall).
Five of the six players who are starting from the past three drafts are on defense. The lone exception is running back Mewelde Moore, who made eight starts in 2005 but isn't guaranteed to remain in that role under new coach Brad Childress.
BEST PICK: DT Kevin Williams 2003 (first round, ninth overall): Williams, who saw his sack total dip from 11.5 in 2004 to only four last season, still has the ability to be a dominating player with his size and speed. An inability to work out last offseason after knee surgery left Williams out of shape when he reported to camp. That should not be the case this summer.
WORST PICK: OT Nat Dorsey 2004 (fourth round, 115th overall): Former Vikings coach Mike Tice was highly regarded for his work with offensive linemen, but didn't have much success with Dorsey. Dorsey, who started at right tackle for part of the 2004 season, had trouble staying in shape and was shipped to Cleveland before last season in exchange for center Melvin Fowler.
2005 TOP DRAFT PICKS
1 (7) Troy Williamson, WR: The Vikings fell in love with Williamson after he ran a 4.34-second 40-yard dash at the NFL Combine. However, it quickly became clear that he was as raw as he was fast. Williamson finished with 24 receptions for 372 yards and two touchdowns. He has spent the offseason training and will be expected to put up far better figures in 2006.
1 (18) Erasmus James, DE: Struggled early in the season after reporting to training camp late, but moved into a starting role at right end for the final eight games of the season. Tied for second on team with four sacks. The return of Kenechi Udeze from season-ending knee surgery will create competition for the starting end spots among James, Udeze and Darrion Scott.
2 (49) Marcus Johnson, RT: Started four games after veteran Mike Rosenthal was pulled from his starting role. Athletically gifted but raw, some former Vikings coaches compared him to former standout Randall McDaniel.
3 (80) Dustin fox, S: Broken arm landed him on injured reserve during training camp.
4 (112) Ciatrick Fason, RB: Replaced Moe Williams as the Vikings' short-yardage back after the veteran was lost for the season because of injury. Fason showed bursts of potential but also got some valuable on-the-job training. Led the team's running backs with four touchdowns.
6 (191) C.J. Mosley, DT: Started twice while Kevin Williams was sidelined because of injury and more than held his own. Finished with three sacks and four quarterback hurries. Could prove to be a steal.
7 (219) Adrian Ward, CB: Taken with a pick obtained in the Randy Moss trade, he was the only one of the team's seven selections not to make it out of training camp.
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