4 positions the Vikings won’t be targeting with their 2021 first-round pick

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Running Back

One position the Vikings definitely won’t be taking at pick No. 14 is running back. While Najee Harris is a dynamite back, and he would make any team better, the Vikings are loaded at the position.

Obviously, Dalvin Cook is the lead horse of this stable and he is easily one of the best backs in the NFL. He’s coming off a career year where he ran for 1,557 yards and 16 touchdowns.

Cook was unbelievable as he turned the tiniest of creases into big gainers and he was able to use his speed to get to the outside. Minnesota rode his back to get back to a .500 record in 2020 and he’s the biggest reason why they weren’t a three-win team.

Behind Cook are a couple of excellent running backs. Alexander Mattison was the primary backup to Cook and he performed well when given the chance.

He finished with 434 rushing yards and two touchdowns this past season. The offense continued to hum when he stepped in and he proved to be an asset in the passing game, hauling in 13 grabs for 125 yards and a score.

Mike Boone was the third back and he is a violent runner who has shown that he can handle the load when called upon. It would be interesting to see how he would fare handling a full workload. Ameer Abdullah even saw some action in 2020 and he played well, catching a few balls here and there.

The Vikings are very deep at this position. They have one of the best in the league topping their depth chart and the other two could start for many teams. There is no chance they’ll use the No. 14 overall pick to draft a running back this year.