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

(Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images) James Cook
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(Photo by Junfu Han/USA TODAY NETWORK) Hassan Haskins /

Hassan Haskins (Michigan)


  • Height: 6-foot-1 | Weight: 220 pounds

2021 Stats:

  • 270 carries, 1,327 rushing yards, 20 touchdowns
  • 18 catches, 131 yards

Hassan Haskins is a bulldozer out of the backfield. He powered his way to 1,327-rushing yards and 20-touchdowns this season. Haskins played a major role in how Michigan was able to punch their ticket to the CFP in 2021.

Haskins is as consistent and reliable as they come, averaging over seven yards per carry last season with his longest rush being only 20 yards. Haskins is an old-school, put the ball down and play type of back that wears defenses down over the course of four quarters.

While Haskins excels running behind his shoulder pads, he carries more versatility in his belt than just power. He has played both sides of the ball over the course of his career and can gash a defense in a variety of ways. Haskins is very mature as a pass-blocker and can step right in as a rookie to contribute to whatever team decides to draft him.

While they are deep at the position, Haskins possesses a very high upside as an early-down feature back in the NFL. Haskins can lighten the load on Cook, who has had injury problems over the course of his career, providing value as a pass blocker on third down or earning tough yards to give Cook a breather. The Vikings could find great value in Haskins as early as the third round this year.

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