Four 2020 NFL Draft sleepers for the Vikings to consider

MONTGOMERY, ALABAMA - DECEMBER 15: Monquavion Brinson #4 of the Georgia Southern Eagles celebrates after winning the Raycom Media Camellia Bowl against the Eastern Michigan Eagles at Cramton Bowl on December 15, 2018 in Montgomery, Alabama. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images)
MONTGOMERY, ALABAMA - DECEMBER 15: Monquavion Brinson #4 of the Georgia Southern Eagles celebrates after winning the Raycom Media Camellia Bowl against the Eastern Michigan Eagles at Cramton Bowl on December 15, 2018 in Montgomery, Alabama. (Photo by Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images) /
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(Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images) Gerold Bright
(Photo by Grant Halverson/Getty Images) Gerold Bright /

Gerold Bright – RB (Utah State)

  • Height: 5-foot-8
  • Weight: 190 pounds

Utah State had a handful of future NFL players on their roster in 2019. Most notably was quarterback Jordan Love, a polarizing prospect across the NFL Draft community. Running back Gerold Bright should be getting more love as an NFL prospect before the draft.

In a loaded class at running back, Bright has a chance to stand out as an explosive playmaker and gimmick piece at the next level. Bright is a converted wide receiver who has spent just two seasons in the backfield.

With just 342 career rushing attempts, Bright does not have a lot of wear and tear. With Dalvin Cook still battling injuries and set to make a big payday, the Vikings may need to find a new plan for their rushing attack. Let me pitch Bright as a candidate to enter the offense.

Strengths

Being a converted wide receiver has helped Bright as a receiving threat. He caught 53 passes as a running back for the Aggies and he turned those into four receiving touchdowns. Minnesota loves to get their backs involved in the passing game with screens and quick-hitting throws to get them in space. Bright would have a relatively easy transition into that aspect of the offense. His acceleration and burst after the catch are exciting components of his game.

Bright is a boom-or-bust type of runner. He can turn just about anything into a long touchdown run but he has a lot of minimal-yardage carries.

Another thing I like about Bright is his toughness through contact. He rarely goes down on first contact and he will do all he can to keep the play alive. Having a third-down back who wants to move the chains will help wear down opposing defenses.

Weaknesses

Size is a bit of a concern for Bright. He is compact, but he does not have a huge body, which will make it difficult to run inside in the NFL. He will also be overpowered in pass protection.

Factoring in his size and how he plays, his role will be limited at the next level. If he has a chance to prove himself before the draft, he has to make the most of the opportunity. As of right now, Bright has not accepted an invitation to participate in any all-star game.

His style of play is a product of his size and ability in space. His carries tend to go outside as he struggles to win up the middle. He also makes the most of his receptions on swings and screens and he is not in contested areas too often. While he is successful in his role, I would like to see him perform in a variety of ways on offense.