5 prospects the Vikings should avoid in the 2024 NFL Draft

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Prospect the Vikings should avoid No. 4

Jonathon Brooks - RB (Texas)

Jonathon Brooks was having a stellar year at Texas before he suffered a torn ACL in November.

In a weak running back draft class, Brooks is still projected to be the first one off the board and could go as high as the second round.

Even if he survives until the middle of the third round, the Vikings do not have a selection as of now and would have to take him with their second-round selection.

I do believe Minnesota needs to add a running back at some point and improve their rushing attack after the abysmal performance we witnessed this season.

But the value of running back later in the draft is where the Vikings should look.

Players like Carson Steele, Dillon Johnson, and Jase McClellan are all projected to be available on Day 3, where Minnesota will have plenty of flexibility with their selections.

They can also look into the free agency pool, where several veteran backs will be on the market.

Gus Edwards, D'Andre Swift, and even Cam Akers could provide value to the backfield and replace Alexander Mattison as the primary back.

J.K. Dobbins has struggled with injuries throughout his entire career, but he could be worth a flier if he leaves Baltimore.