Seventh Round (Pick No. 249): Salvon Ahmed, RB – Washington
For now, the Minnesota Vikings look pretty good at running back. Dalvin Cook still has one more year on his rookie deal, Alexander Mattison was a bruiser in his rookie year, and Mike Boone will be around for this season.
Still, it wouldn’t hurt to have some more backup plans. With two of those running backs leaving after this year and the future of Ameer Abdullah up in the air, looking ahead to the future is never a bad idea.
Although his yards per carry average decreased each year with Washington, the 5’11 and 197-pound running back proved to be reliable. Over 353 total carries, Ahmed gained 2016 yards for an average of 5.7 yards. In addition, the three-year starter was a solid pass-catcher out of the backfield, notching 50 receptions for 331 yards.
Ahmed could be a solid replacement for Abdullah if the team can’t bring him back. He will need to stop his happy feet in the backfield and be more decisive when hitting the hole, but he has the tools needed to make the practice squad during his rookie year.