The 2024 NFL Draft class continues to look remarkable, and these potential Minnesota Vikings targets put together strong performances during Week 5 of the CFB season.
The college football season has been incredible from a number of standpoints so far in 2023. For the Minnesota Vikings, this season has given such a wonderful glimpse into the upcoming NFL Draft and the abundance of talent that is waiting to take the next step.
During Week 5 of the college season, there were a handful of players that really shined and many of those stars would also fill massive needs for the Vikings in the future. Minnesota has clear and obvious holes on the roster, and the upcoming draft should set up nicely for them.
Prospect No. 1
Jo'Quavious Marks - RB (Mississippi State)
Mississippi State's Jo'Quavious Marks has been one of the highest-graded running backs in the country throughout this season. In a strong SEC conference, Marks has been able to find running lanes and make plays consistently, averaging 5.8 yards per carry in five games this season.
On Saturday, Marks had the pleasure of taking on Alabama. Despite a blowout loss, Marks was able to carry the ball nine times for 68 yards, including a long of 29 yards. Marks does an incredible job of making players miss in space and getting extra yards when there is not much there.
As he hopes to transition to the NFL, Jo'Quavious Marks has the potential to be a three-down back thanks to his willingness to take on incoming blitzers as an extra blocker. The Vikings have struggled to find consistency in the backfield and could be in play for a running back in 2024.
However, this next running back might be worth looking a lot further into after his start to the season.