The Vikings traded up with the Houston Texans for the 51st overall pick in the 2nd round to grab former Stanford RB Toby Gerhart in exchange for their 2nd (#62) and 3rd (#93) round picks.
When the Vikings lost Chester Taylor to the Chicago Bears in free agency, many Vikings fans became uneasy with the #2 RB spot. Questions started to circulate on whether they would pick up a free agent, turn to youngsters Albert Young, Ian Johnson or James Johnson, look to newly-converted WR-to-RB Darius Reynaud or select a top-notch RB in the draft.
Speculate no more, the Vikings have added Gerhart via the draft.
The addition of Gerhart will give the Vikings more options to work with at the backup RB position. Standing behind Adrian Peterson on the depth chart, the Vikings now have Gerhart, Ian Johnson, James Johnson, Reynaud and Young. The offseason workouts and training camp will ultimately prove who will earn the Purple’s backup RB role or they may prove to offer a backup RB role by committee.
Along with giving the Vikings options at the #2 RB position, the addition of Gerhart will provide a healthy competition between the current core of RBs.
A couple interesting notes on Gerhart…
— He is the 1st RB chosen by the Vikings since Adrian Peterson in 2007.
— He is the 9th player selected by the Vikings from Stanford and the 1st since DT Willie Howard was selected in the 2nd round (57thoverall) in the 2001 NFL Draft.
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