Saturday, May 7, 2022

The Wildcard of the Vikings 2022 Draft Class

The Vikings had a super active 2022 draft, obviously. Kwesi Adofo-Mensah didn't waste time wheeling and dealing, as he made SEVEN trades during the event. The Vikings added to their secondary and bolstered their defense. Looking at the Vikings' draft class, it seems they didn't add many weapons to an offense that's already spewing with talent. But an overlooked prospect that I am intrigued by was selected in the 5th round by Minnesota.

Ty Chandler out of North Carolina has all the chops to be a difference maker in the NFL, from the get go. Chandler is super talented and is just a great football player in general. He's no one trick pony, as he's got the speed to run by defenders (4.38 speed), the power to fight off would-be tacklers, and the hands to make an impact in the pass game. The Vikings already have three solid running backs in Dalvin Cook, Alexander Mattison, and Kene Nwangwu. But Mattison is on a contract year, and will be more than likely looking for a bigger contract elsewhere. I could see Chandler sliding in as the number two behind Cook as soon as 2023. The Vikings may not see Nwangwu as a true number two back, as he may be more effective as a gadget type player the Vikings can utilize. 

North Carolina has produced some good backs coming out of college, and the most recent one is Javonte Williams who has made an immediate impact with the Denver Broncos. I could see Chandler doing something similar early in his career. He's got all the make up to be a very good running back in this league. Don't count Chandler out to be a surprise contributor as a rookie, because he's a talented player that Kevin O'Connell could use in a variety of ways.

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