Tom Dienhart, Senior Writer, April 9, 2015

Minnesota hasn?t been a hot-bed for producing NFL talent the last 10 years with just 11 draft choices in that span.

In fact, the Golden Gophers did not have any players drafted four times in the last 10 years-2013, 2012, 2011 and 2009. And check this out: The last time Minnesota had a quarterback drafted was 1972, when Craig Curry went in the eighth round.

Minnesota could have a few picks in this year?s draft, with TE Maxx Williams and RB David Cobb leading the way. Williams may be a first-round pick, as he is considered by most to be the top tight end in the 2015 draft. Others who may be selected are LB Damien Wilson and S Cedric Thompson.

Here is a look at how the Gophers have done in the last 10 NFL drafts.

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Highest pick: No. 21 overall, RB Laurence Maroney, 2006/Patriots

Most fertile draft: 2006, four picks

Total first-round selections: 1

Total picks: 11

Position breakdown:

  • Offensive line: 2
  • Defensive back: 2
  • Defensive line: 2
  • Running back: 2
  • Receiver: 1
  • Tight end: 1
  • Linebacker: 1


Fourth Round: RB Marion Barber, Cowboys


First Round: RB Laurence Maroney, Patriots

Fifth Round: DT Anthony Montgomery, Redskins

Sixth Round: C Greg Eslinger, Broncos

Seventh Round: G Mark Setterstrom, Rams


Third Round: TE Matt Spaeth, Steelers


Sixth Round: FS Dominique Barber, Texans




Third Round: WR Eric Decker, Broncos

Fifth Round: LB Nate Triplett, Vikings








Second Round: DT Ra?Shede Hageman, Falcons

Fourth Round: SS Brock Vereen, Bears

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