After trading down approximately 207 times in the bottom of the third round, the Minnesota Vikings have finally made their selection, and they appear to have gotten themselves a replacement for Latavius Murray at running back.
With the final pick of the third round, the Minnesota Vikings have selected Alexander Mattison, a running back from Boise State University.
The comparison that the folks from NFL.com make for Mattison is Mike Gillislee. Here’s what they have to say about him in their profile of him.
Productive, willful runner whose combination of functional patience and aggressive urgency helped him find his niche as an every-down workhorse. While he has the ability to create yards for himself with adequate elusiveness and power, he’s not a slasher or banger by NFL standards and he lacks burst to produce chunk plays on a regular basis. Mattison is a jack-of-all-trades backup with the ability to step into a heavy-duty role if called upon. His talent as a pass-catcher could move him up the RB food-chain.
The Vikings needed a backup for Dalvin Cook, and someone that could step into the lead role if Cook should continue battling injuries. Mattison sounds like someone that could step into that role if needed.
That wraps up Day 2 of the 2019 NFL Draft, folks. Keep it right here for all of the latest about the Minnesota Vikings’ 2019 NFL Draft!