4 potential needs for the Minnesota Vikings in the 2021 NFL Draft

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Running Back

Like with Anthony Harris, there is no guarantee of Dalvin Cook‘s future with the Vikings. Minnesota has a great foundation at running back with Cook, Alexander Mattison, and Mike Boone. If Cook is forced to walk in free agency, the Vikings will want to add another piece to the backfield.

The stipulation here would be that Minnesota can afford to wait and find a running back later in the draft. There is no need to reach for one early when they already have some quality guys in line to take over if they need to.

Journey Brown out of Penn State is a player who could fit really well with the Vikings. He is a big-play threat with very limited tread on his tires as he enters the 2020 campaign. Brown is averaging 6.8 yards per carry in college while carrying the ball just 137 times in two seasons.

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Another intriguing option would be CJ Verdell out of Oregon, who has recorded 18 rushing touchdowns over the last two seasons. He explodes through the hole and he has shown the ability to turn any run into a touchdown.