Nov 23, 2013; Gainesville, FL, USA; Georgia Southern Eagles quarterback/running back Jerick McKinnon (1) runs the ball in for a game winning touchdown during the second half against the Florida Gators at Ben Hill Griffin Stadium. Georgia Southern Eagles defeated the Florida Gators 26-20. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Vikings Sign Jerick McKinnon, Now Have Draft Class Locked Up


The Vikings on Tuesday announced that they have finally signed third round running back Jerick McKinnon, meaning they have now locked up their entire ten-man 2014 draft class.

Here’s a picture of McKinnon putting pen to paper (via @Vikings).

Good news Jerick McKinnon, you can now afford to buy a new shirt. You don’t have to keep wearing that Senior Bowl shirt (I hope you at least washed it a few times).

Unlike in past years, the Vikings moved quickly this year to get their draft picks signed, but McKinnon’s negotiation dragged out longer than the others thanks to some odd-ball contracts in the late third round range.

McKinnon was taken with the 96th overall pick out of Georgia Southern, where he played option QB as well as running back. The multi-talented McKinnon has drawn positive reviews already in OTAs and is seen as a potential successor to Adrian Peterson when/if the Vikings have to move on from their Pro Bowl running back.

McKinnon also brings receiver skills to the table, making him very valuable in Norv Turner’s system.

McKinnon’s contract is for four years and should be worth a total of around $2.7 million with a signing bonus in the $600,000 range.

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  • David Mallow

    I was ecstatic when they took McKinnon… this guy and Dri Archer were both guys I was hoping to land because of their speed and versatility… ( running, recieving, returning etc.)
    he will make an impact immediately in the new offense..I’m sure Norv has some plays for he and AP to be on the field at the same time.. EXPLOSIVE!!!! imagine, AP, McKinnon, Patterson, Jennings, Wright and Rudolph on the field together… could be a special season fir the Vikes…SKOL

  • Billy Schwandt

    I am so happy that other teams picked the other backs and left Mckinnon till the 3rd round. I believe he will be the best back out of thi years draft as versital as he is!!!! He lead in almost every catagory at the combine so how could so many teams pass on him. Their loose are gain!!!SKOL VILINGS!!!

  • Bob T

    I tend to study defense more than offense, so I overlook this guy. After the draft, I had to check tapes and injury reports and all. Wow!!! I am glad the Vikings seen Mr. McKinnon.Has nice exceleration and can deliver a hit and continue down field. A.P. isn’t getting any younger and I like this kid as our next starting running back of the future. SKOL VIKINGS