Who was the Minnesota Vikings very first draft pick in 1961?
The Vikings first ever draft pick was running back Tommy Mason from Tulane University.
Bob Lilly === That is not correct. Lilly was the Cowboys' first draft pick, but that was in 1961. The 1960 team was stocked via an expansion draft. They got 32 players from other NFL teams, but it wasn't in a round-by-round draft. The Cowboys did not participate in the college draft because they were awarded the franchise after the college draft was held. So its hard to say who was the FIRST Cowboy.
The second pick overall in the 1961 MLB Expansion Draft was catcher Hobie Landrith (to Mets from Giants). Other notable players in this draft were pitcher Roger Craig (6th overall to Mets from Dodgers), first baseman Gil Hodges (14th overall to Mets from Dodgers) and infielder Don Zimmer (43rd overall to Mets from Cubs)
The FIRST US war to have an "official" military draft was the US Civil War (1861-1865); which also resulted in the nation's FIRST "draft riots." Vietnam (1961-1975) was the LAST military draft, with the accompanying last "draft riots." US males were drafted in WW1 (1917-1918), WW2 (1941-1945), and the Korean War (1950-1953).
No Minnesota Viking player was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1963. The first Viking enshrined in Canton was Quarterback Fran Tarkenton in 1986. It shoud be noted that halfback Hugh McElhenny was enshrined in Canton in 1970. He played for the Vikings in the 1961-1962 season. Although McElhenny was a member of the Vikings, it was his accomplishments for the San francisco 49ers that got him elected to the Hall of…