5 Minnesota Vikings rookies who could surprise in 2022

(Jim Dedmon-USA TODAY Sports) Ty Chandler
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Ty Chandler – RB

With Michael Carter and Javonte Williams leaving for the NFL, Ty Chandler took this opportunity to transfer and become North Carolina’s lead running back in 2021. A decision that paid off after the Minnesota Vikings selected the player at No. 169 overall.

While Chandler does not have the upside of Carter and Williams when they entered the league, this was an eye-catching pickup by the Vikings with the long and perhaps even short term in mind.

Minnesota has Dalvin Cook and Alexander Mattison as their undisputed top duo. But if Chandler can develop and learn from coaches and his teammates, then this is a back that could also make the most out of whatever opportunities come his way.

Chandler was a solid if not spectacular runner during his four years at Tennessee before joining the Tar Heels. This brought about the finest statistical campaign of his career by a considerable margin, rushing for 1,092 yards and 13 touchdowns as well as catching 15 balls for 216 receiving yards and a score.

Blocking remains a real concern for Chandler and his effectiveness in passing situations needs to improve. The athletic skills are there to coach, it’s just a case of how much the rookie can take on board in double-quick time.