In the weeks leading up to the 2023 NFL Draft, we’ve seen the Minnesota Vikings sign their draft prospects to rookie contracts, including first-rounder Jordan Addison. As of Tuesday, five of the Vikings’ 2023 draft picks have signed contracts. Is he the only one left? Seventh-rounder Dewayne McBride.
Well, according to a report by Darren Wolfson KTSP: The wait to sign a deal with the Vikings’ ultimate rookie could be over on Tuesday afternoon. Wolfson tweeted“Very formal, but said RB DeWayne McBride’s contract is up. Meaning the Vikings have signed their entire draft class.”
McBride was selected with the 222nd pick in this spring’s draft after a three-year collegiate career at UAB where he was one of the most productive running backs in all of college football. He’s totaled over 3,000 rushing yards and 32 rushing TDs over the past two seasons, and he’s averaged a ridiculous 7.3 yards per carry for his career.
McBride joins a Vikings backfield that remains very uncertain about the status of starter Dalvin Cook, so the rookie should serve as safety cover if Cook is moved or one of Alexander Mathison, Ken Nwangwu or Ty Chandler gets injured. , making them miss time.
Now that the Vikings backfield is officially five players, it will be interesting to see how things shake out over the summer. Minnesota had four RBs (Cook, Mattison, Nwangwu, Chandler) and FB CJ Ham on their 53-man roster last year.
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