5 biggest winners from the Minnesota Vikings 2019 NFL Draft

(Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images) Mike Zimmer
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(Photo by Adam Glanzman/Getty Images) Dalvin Cook
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5. Dalvin Cook

One may think that drafting a running back in the earlier rounds of the draft might signal a bad sign for the team’s current starter at the position, but nothing could be further from the truth when it comes to the situation for Dalvin Cook.

Alexander Mattison will be a great replacement for the departing Latavius Murray in the backfield, showing off his ability to consistently gain yards on carries, secure the football, and be a sneaky pass-catcher out o the backfield. However, there are more benefits to having him available.

In college, Mattison was a bruising back who was also a bellcow for Boise State. He ran the ball a whopping 23.2 times per game, showcasing his durability as a player and ability to wear down opposing defenses, especially in short yardage or goal line situations.

If Cook isn’t able to play some games during the 2019 season, the team should still be in good hands with Mattison. In addition, the Vikings could have a more balanced distribution of carries to keep both running backs healthy and fresh, which is best for everyone involved.