Which 2024 NFL Draft prospects who stood out during Week 4 of the college football season should the Minnesota Vikings really be setting their sights on?
After an 0-3 start to the season, the Minnesota Vikings are going to be really focused on their draft boards, and they should like what they see so far in college football. The 2024 NFL Draft has everything the Vikings need and then some.
Week 4 of the college season was the first look at a full slate of incredible matchups from top to bottom. It also gave these next five players an opportunity to shine and prove themselves among their peers.
Prospect No. 1
Braelon Allen - RB (Wisconsin)
Braelon Allen ran all over Purdue on Friday Night, but it came at a price. Allen's backfield mate Chez Mellusi suffered a gruesome leg injury that forced Allen into a more prominent role on the road at Purdue. Allen, who was visibly upset at the sight of his teammate's injury, took charge of that game and carried the Badgers to a convincing 38-17 win.
Allen rushed 16 times for 116 yards and two touchdowns and also added one catch for nine yards as Wisconsin returned to form. The Vikings are going to be in the mix for a running back in 2024 if things do not turn around for Alexander Mattison, and Allen would be a very interesting option.
At 6-foot-2 and 245 pounds, Allen is a mammoth of a man in the backfield, and he is as elusive as you could hope for from a player of his size. While he does not have pure breakaway speed, Allen is elusive, quick, and powerful through gaps.
The NFL does not have many running backs with the profile of Braelon Allen. If he decides to make the leap in 2024, he could be a very intriguing weapon for the Vikings.