7 running backs the Vikings could select in the 2022 NFL Draft

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When the Minnesota Vikings are on the clock to make one of their picks in the 2022 NFL Draft, who are some of the top running backs they might select?

The Minnesota Vikings look to be comfortable at the running back position this upcoming season with Dalvin Cook set to be the workhorse back again in 2022 and a deep room of running backs behind him.

Alexander Mattison has proven he can handle the workload and Kene Nwangwu has proven himself as a playmaker on special teams. Cook is under contract through the 2025 season. A solidified superstar, Cook will dominate the carries this season with Mattison serving as a valuable backup and Nwangwu ready to make a splash with his speed returning kicks.

However, Mattison is a free agent after this season with no current contract extension discussions taking place. Cook has yet to prove that he can stay healthy for an entire season. While the Vikings may be set at running back for 2022, the future of the running back room remains uncertain.

With that being said, Minnesota general manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah may decide to draft a running back in a deep draft class this month with the intent of letting Mattison sign somewhere else in 2023 or even as a potential successor to Cook should he continue to battle the injury bug.

Who are some of the running backs in this year’s draft class that the Vikings may look into drafting?