Which Vikings rookie will make the biggest impact in 2019?

(Photo by Loren Orr/Getty Images) Alexander Mattison
(Photo by Loren Orr/Getty Images) Alexander Mattison /
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PROVO, UT - OCTOBER 6: Alexander Mattison #22 of the Boise State Broncos runs with the ball during their game against the Brigham Young Cougars at LaVell Edwards Stadium on October 6, 2017 in Provo, Utah. (Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr./Getty Images)
(Photo by Gene Sweeney Jr./Getty Images) Alexander Mattison /

Alexander Mattison – RB

For the past few seasons, the Vikings have been missing someone who can punch it into the end zone from a yard or two out with little to no effort. Mattison has the potential to be that guy during his rookie year with Minnesota.

At Boise State last season, Mattison ended up rushing for a total of 17 touchdowns. Of these 17 scores, 11 of them came on attempts that were within five yards of the end zone.

In 2018, the Vikings had just two rushing touchdowns of five yards or less. So the addition of Mattison definitely has the potential to make a big difference in Minnesota’s short-yardage success next season.

The Vikings’ new running back also has the skills to fill in as a full-time option in the backfield if Dalvin Cook is forced to unsurprisingly miss time in 2019 due to an injury. Mattison carried the ball 302 times last season at Boise State, so he is very familiar with being the top guy on a team’s running back depth chart.