1972 Minnesota Vikings season
|1972 Minnesota Vikings season|
|Head coach||Bud Grant|
|General manager||Jim Finks|
|Home field||Metropolitan Stadium|
|Division place||3rd NFC Central|
|Playoff finish||did not qualify|
|Draft order||Player name||Position||College||Notes|
|1||10||10||Jeff Siemon||Linebacker||Stanford||from Patriots[a]|
|24||24||Traded to the New York Giants[b]|
|2||24||50||Ed Marinaro||Running Back||Cornell|
|3||7||59||Bart Buetow||Offensive Tackle||Minnesota||from Packers[c]|
|24||76||Traded to the Philadelphia Eagles[d]|
|4||24||102||Traded to the Denver Broncos[e]|
|5||24||128||Traded to the Los Angeles Rams[f]|
|7||25||181||Bill Slater||Defensive End||Western Michigan||originally Dolphins pick[g]|
|8||24||206||Calvin Demery||Wide Receiver||Arizona State|
|9||24||232||Charlie Goodrum||Guard||Florida A&M|
|10||24||258||Willie Aldridge||Running Back||South Carolina State|
|11||24||284||Willie McKelton||Defensive Back||Southern|
|12||24||310||Bob Banaugh||Defensive Back||Montana State|
|13||24||336||Franklin Roberts||Running Back||Alcorn A&M|
|14||24||361||Marv Owens||Running Back||San Diego State|
|15||24||388||Mike Sivert||Guard||East Tennessee State|
|17||24||440||Dick Schmalz||Wide Receiver||Auburn|
- ^[a] Minnesota received Boston's 1st round selection (10th overall), CB John Charles, and cash as compensation for free agent QB Joe Kapp.
- ^[b] Minnesota traded their 1st round selection (24th overall), 1973 2nd round selection (40th overall), QB Norm Snead, WR Bob Grim, and RB Vince Clements to the Giants for QB Fran Tarkenton.
- ^[c] Green Bay traded their 3rd round selection (59th overall) to Minnesota for QB Zeke Bratkowski.
- ^[d] Minnesota traded their 3rd round selection (76th overall), 1971 2nd round selection (50th overall), 1971 6th round selection (154th overall), and OL Steve Smith to Philadelphia for QB Norm Snead.
- ^[e] Minnesota traded their 4th round selection (102nd overall) and CB John Charles to Denver for WR Al Denson.
- ^[f] Minnesota traded their 5th round selection (128th overall) to Los Angeles for CB Ted Provost.
- ^[g] Minnesota originally chose 180th overall but passed allowing Miami to move up and Minnesota to choose 181st overall.
|Final score||Team record|
|1||September 18||Washington Redskins||L 24–21||0–1||Metropolitan Stadium|| |
|2||September 24||at Detroit Lions||W 34–10||1–1||Tiger Stadium|| |
|3||October 1||Miami Dolphins||L 16–14||1–2||Metropolitan Stadium|| |
|4||October 8||St. Louis Cardinals||L 19–17||1–3||Metropolitan Stadium|| |
|5||October 15||at Denver Broncos||W 23–20||2–3||Mile High Stadium|| |
|6||October 23||at Chicago Bears||L 13–10||2–4||Soldier Field|| |
|7||October 29||at Green Bay Packers||W 27–13||3–4||Lambeau Field|| |
|8||November 5||New Orleans Saints||W 37–6||4–4||Metropolitan Stadium|| |
|9||November 12||Detroit Lions||W 16–14||5–4||Metropolitan Stadium|| |
|10||November 19||at Los Angeles Rams||W 45–41||6–4||Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum|| |
|11||November 26||at Pittsburgh Steelers||L 23–10||6–5||Three Rivers Stadium|| |
|12||December 3||Chicago Bears||W 23–10||7–5||Metropolitan Stadium|| |
|13||December 10||Green Bay Packers||L 23–7||7–6||Metropolitan Stadium|| |
|14||December 16||at San Francisco 49ers||L 20–17||7–7||Candlestick Park|| |
|Green Bay Packers||10||4||0||.714||304||226||W-3|
Awards, records, and honors
- First Team
- OT Ron Yary (AP)
- Second Team
- OT Ron Yary (NEA-2, PFWA-2)
- DE Carl Eller (AP-2)
- DT Alan Page (AP-2, NEA-2, PFWA-2)
- S Paul Krause (AP-2)
- John Gilliam – Yards per reception (22.0)
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