Josh Jacobs – RB (Alabama)
Yes, everyone is well aware that the Vikings already have a top young running back in Dalvin Cook. However, Cook has missed a total of 17 games in his first two seasons and Minnesota may look into adding another rusher who can actually stay on the field.
Jacobs would be a great addition to the Vikings’ 2019 roster. He’s quick, he can run over defenders, he can catch out of the backfield, and he is solid in pass protection.
He also has experience as a kick returner, which is a job that just so happens to be open in Minnesota at this moment.
Jacobs saw his usage at Alabama go up in 2018 and he took advantage of his increased opportunities. In 15 games last season, he scored a total of 15 touchdowns and he averaged 6.3 yards per touch.
At the NFL level, Jacobs is viewed as a player who can be team’s No. 1 running back. With Cook though, adding another rusher early in the draft doesn’t seem like something the Vikings will do this year.
But Minnesota has pulled off some shockers in the draft before and Jacobs would add another dangerous element to their offense for next season. So don’t think the Vikings won’t at least be tempted to take the former Alabama running back if he’s still on the board at pick No. 18 in the first round.