Vikings 7-Round 2024 Mock Draft: Minnesota waits until Day 2 to pick a QB

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Fourth-Round Pick No. 1 (111th overall)

Audric Estime - RB (Notre Dame)

The Vikings need a reliable power back to complement Ty Chandler's skills as the starting running back. Minnesota adding another running back to the mix in 2024 would be wise, considering the struggles of the current group.

Audric Estime from Notre Dame seems like a good fit for the role. Estime is a powerful runner with great contact balance and size for the position. He's also elegant and has excellent pass-protection skills.

Alexander Mattison has not shown that he can handle the responsibility of being the main guy in the Vikings' offensive backfield.

Estime seems like a better option as he has the same abilities as Mattison, but he also brings more power to the backfield and can identify and hit holes more efficiently. This could positively impact Kevin O'Connell's short-yardage play calling in 2024.

While Estime isn't a significant receiving threat, he excels at pass blocking, which is crucial for Minnesota with Chandler's pass blocking still in need of some work.