In the 2010 draft, the Vikings traded out of the first round, then wound up with Chris Cook and Toby Gerhart in the second round — a cornerback who never panned out and a running back who was an extreme luxury item with Adrian Peterson in his prime.
If not for the Everson Griffen pick in the fourth round — a move that didn’t pay off for a couple of years, mind you, but paid off big-time when it did — that draft would be close to a total washout.
He ran one of the fastest 40 times at the combine, showing he has the ability to run with the NFL’s deep-threat receivers. Jackson height could be an issue with teams. He had 49 tackles with 10 passes broken up and an interception in 2017 after making 39 tackles with eight breakups and two interceptions in 2016.
A transfer from North Carolina, Hughes had four interceptions, 11 passes broken up, a forced fumble and 49 tackles in 2017. He also is a dangerous returner, scoring two TDs on kickoffs and one as a punt returner.
A punter appearing on this list might seem strange, but King said there was a “revenge factor” in his decision to team up with rival Denver after being released by Oakland. With the Pro Bowler’s penchant for celebrations, there’s potential for fireworks. Ex-Oakland wide receiver Michael Crabtree will also get a run at his old squad when the Ravens take on the Raiders on Nov. 25 in Week 12.
49ers RB Jerick McKinnon at Vikings (Sept. 9, Week 1)
McKinnon enjoyed a productive four-year run as a change-of-pace back in Minnesota, but he was searching for a larger role with Dalvin Cook set to return from injury. San Francisco was eager to give him just that, as they forked over a four-year, $30 million deal. McKinnon should get plenty of opportunities to remind Minnesota of his value given he’ll be seeing a high volume of touches in Kyle Shanahan’s system.