Former Georgia running back Caleb King was signed today by the Vikings. King was eligible for the supplemental draft but only quarterback Terrelle Pryor was selected by the Oakland Raiders.
King was one of the most heavily recruited RBs entering Georgia. His best season was his sophomore year where he had 144 carries for 594 yards and 7 touchdowns. He has good short area quickness, has an NFL build at 5’11” — 220 lbs and is decent catching the ball out of the backfield. Nonetheless he was a career underachiever at Georgia not meeting the hype and eventually being ruled academically ineligible for the upcoming season, therefore entering the supplemental draft.
The signing of King is a bit of a head scratcher. We already have Adrian Peterson and Toby Gerhart locked into roster spots. Lorenzo Booker is also a near certainty to make the team with the value he adds on special teams. And it’s tough to get excited about even a third running back considering they on average only receive a few carries a year. Ideally the Vikings could try and sneak King onto the practice squad and hope he provides some value down the road.
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