6 prospects who are getting late buzz from the Minnesota Vikings

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Antonio Gibson – RB/WR (Memphis)

It was surprising to hear that the Vikings originally wanted to bring in Antonio Gibson as one of their Top 30 visits this year. The reason is that even though he played the majority of his college ball as a wide receiver, many project him as a running back in the NFL and that is one position Minnesota is set at.

There are plenty of reasons why the Vikings could take Gibson. Perhaps they see him as a dangerous option out of the slot and project him as a wide receiver in their offense.

They could also use him as a gadget player. Minnesota hasn’t had a true gadget type of player since Cordarrelle Patterson and they underused this ability of his when he was on the team.

Gibson could be lined up in the backfield, out wide, in the slot, basically all over the field. Opposing teams would always have to be aware of where he is on the field. The Vikings could even line him and Dalvin Cook up in the backfield at the same time to really confuse defenses and keep them off balance.

Minnesota could also see Gibson as their kick returner of the future. He is a dynamite return man who is extremely quick with explosive speed. The Vikings could use him as a returner early in his career and if they aren’t able to agree to a long term deal with Cook down the road, they’d have Gibson on the roster ready to see an increased offensive role.

The fact that Minnesota is looking at this guy who is projected to go early on Day 3 should tell how important they view finding a quality return man is this year.