Fourth-Round Pick No. 2
Bucky Irving - RB (Oregon)
The lack of explosive runs has been a big concern for the Vikings so far this season. As much as running backs are decreasing in value and the passing game is becoming more and more of a focal point, there is value in running the ball effectively and opening the defense up.
Rather than using high draft picks to fix the issue, the Vikings can sit back and find a contributor on Day 3 of the draft. Bucky Irving has Minnesota ties himself, spending his freshman season at the University of Minnesota before transferring to Oregon.
At Oregon, Irving is averaging 7.0 yards per carry and has looked incredible in open space. He's a shifty runner with quick feet and strength for his size. He can also be a threat as a receiver, which has become a valuable aspect of NFL running backs.
The Vikings may be looking to move on from Alexander Mattison after a tough start to his first season as a starter. Even if he returns, Mattison needs a smaller back that can complement his game and give the Vikings different looks offensively.
There is a ton of talent among the running back class in 2024. If the Vikings truly want to get an impact player for the backfield, they will have ample opportunities to do so in the draft. Bucky Irving is one of the many names that make sense for Minnesota.