When the Vikings selected Jerick McKinnon in the 3rd round of the 2014 NFL draft, I don’t think there were many fans who knew what kind of player they were getting in a former quarterback from Georgia Southern.
Word of McKinnon’s speed and athletic ability quickly spread, as did comparisons to Darren Sproles, a former component of Norv Turner’s offense when in San Diego.
There is little doubt the Vikings saw tremendous potential in McKinnon when selecting him 96th overall, choosing to select a little known running back over filling other positions on a team full of needs.
Going into the draft, McKinnon was thought to have excellent speed coupled with tremendous strength and versatility. However, everyone assumed the Vikings drafted McKinnon because of his ability to catch the ball out of the backfield, a skillset often heavily used in Turner’s offense. With only 10 receptions in college, though, McKinnon’s ability to be a receiving threat is still relatively unknown.