5 candidates to be the Vikings new No. 3 running back in 2021

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Kylin Hill (Draft Prospect)

Even though the Vikings will need some help filling out their roster, the odds of them drafting a running back during the first three rounds of the 2021 NFL Draft are slim. The team has more pressing needs and several other positions have some depth that might allow them to pick up a key player at a great value during that time.

If Minnesota waits until around the fourth round or fifth round, a prospect like Kylin Hill might be exactly the kind of player who could fit exactly what the offense needs.

Hill is a shifty, elusive ball-carrier who stands 5-foot-11 and weighs 210 pounds. His 2020 season with Mississippi State ended early with him opting out due to COVID-19 concerns, but his stats more than speak for himself when he was available.

2019 saw Hill be absolutely dominant on the ground, rushing for 1,350 yards on 242 attempts and scoring 10 touchdowns. He added 10 catches for 180 yards and a touchdown in the passing game as well during 13 games.

The high number of reps Hill got in college are a great sign that he could handle a bigger load if his number is called in the NFL and combining him with a bruiser like Alexander Mattison would provide the Vikings with a duo that could wear out even the toughest defensive fronts any opposition can offer.