The 5 Fastest Players on the Vikings | 2024

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The Minnesota Vikings have nine picks in the NFL draft at the end of the month and are expected to add a quarterback, defensive tackle, and some interior offensive line help.

The roster has specific needs as of mid-April, as the remaining months of free agency and the draft will be used for roster fortification.

The 5 Fastest Players on the Vikings | 2024

But like many NFL teams, the Vikings have a lot of speed peppered across the roster. These are the fastest players on the Vikings at the moment, ranked in ascending order (No. 1 = fastest).

5. Lewis Cine (S)

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Cine recovered from a broken leg last offseason but didn’t receive substantial playing time in his second season. But otherwise, the man ran a 4.37 forty at the 2022 NFL Combine. His athleticism was a part of the lure plopping him in Round 1.

We shall see if he banks more playing time in 2024.

4. Jalen Nailor (WR)

Sep 14, 2023; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA; Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Jalen Nailor (83) against the Philadelphia Eagles at Lincoln Financial Field. Mandatory Credit: Eric Hartline-USA TODAY Sports
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Foremost, the man’s nickname is Speedy. That should tell the beholder something.

A track star in high school and college, Nailor didn’t rip up the NFL Combine in 2022. He “only” ran a 4.5 forty, probably sinking his draft stock to the Vikings in Round 6. According to him and his teammates, though, he’s one of the fastest players on the team, and some of that speed was showcased down the stretch of the 2022 season. He once ran a 4.39 forty.

Nailor will vie for the WR3 job this summer.

3. Ty Chandler (RB)

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The beholder of 4.38 speed, Chandler will split RB1-RB2 duties with Aaron Jones in 2024. The North Carolina alumnus put a thumbprint on the 2023 season in December and January and actually felt in line for a possible bellcow RB1 gig when this offseason kicked off.

Chandler could really catch on as an RB1 if he improves his pass-blocking.

2. Lucky Jackson (WR)

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Jackson joined the Vikings last year from XFL fame. He played 35 snaps in 2023, 32 of which were special teams. In 2020, fresh out of college, Jackson notched a blazing 4.36 forty-yard dash, part of why he clicked so well in the XFL.

The playmaker will audition for Minnesota’s active roster this summer and probably latch onto the practice squad if he doesn’t make the 53-man cut-off.

1. Kene Nwangwu (RB)

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Nwangwu should be totally reinvigorated in 2024 after the NFL tweaked kickoff return rules. The speedster became markedly more important on a single day when the rule change was made official.

His 4.31 speed is otherworldly, and the Vikings hope to use it in 2024, the final year of his rookie contract. He’s returned three kickoffs for touchdowns in three seasons.


Dustin Baker is a political scientist who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2007. Subscribe to his daily YouTube Channel, VikesNow. He hosts a podcast with Bryant McKinnie, which airs every Wednesday with Raun Sawh and Sal Spice. His MIN obsession dates back to 1996. Listed guilty pleasures: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, ‘The Sopranos,’ Basset Hounds, and The Doors (the band).

All statistics provided by Pro Football Reference / Stathead; all contractual information provided by OverTheCap.com.

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