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After trading down a few times Womens Ameer Abdullah Jersey , the Vikings drafted RB Alexander Mattison out of Boise State with the last pick of the 3rd round (#102 overall) in the 2019 NFL Draft.s Sections Vikings 2018 SeasonVikings 2019 OffseasonU.S. Bank StadiumMinnesota Vikings PodcastsMinnesota Vikings 2019 NFL DraftBreaking Down Alexander MattisonNew,123commentsCDTShareTweetShareShareBreaking Down Alexander MattisonTroy Babbitt-USA TODAY SportsAfter trading down a few times, the Vikings drafted RB Alexander Mattison out of Boise State with the last pick of the 3rd round (#102 overall) in the 2019 NFL Draft.Let’s take a look at his game.Powerful and Elusive Bell-CowAlexander Mattison’s MeasurablesMattison is a 5’11”, 221lbs. running back that showed the ability to dominate games at Boise State.Mattison has the power to break tackles - and does just about every run - while also showing some good vision and cuts along the way.He doesn’t have breakaway speed, but he does have leg drive and elusiveness.He seems to get better as the game wears on.At Boise State, you get the feeling he was their main weapon on offense - he had 40 carries in the Mountain West Championship Game - and often seemed a man among boys in the that conference.He showed power, a slashing style, vision and even leaping ability - sometimes all in the same carry.He is clearly a punishing ball-carrier, not afraid to lower his shoulder, but also showed a little more athleticism than perhaps his agility drills revealed.Mattison’s best event at the Combine was the broad jump and that shows on tape in his powerful legs - and leaping ability.He looks faster than his 4.67” Combine 40 time on tape, but that may be a reflection of the competition around him too.He did run a 4.55” 40 at his pro day as well.In any case, Mattison shows a lot of natural talent along with refined running skills as Matt Waldman details by analyzing one of his rushing attempts:You notice that Waldman mentions Mattison’s ball security at various stages of that run.That shows up throughout his career.His PFF fumble grade (92.4) was the highest of any college running back last season.He had only one fumble his entire college career.The other thing mentioned a few times in that clip is Mattison’s body lean and keeping his pads over his knees to help drive through contact.That, along with his powerful legs, shows up on tape when he powers his way for a first down (as he did there) or touchdown, as he does here:PFF named him the best red-zone running back in college football last season Marcus Epps Minnesota Vikings Jerseys , having scored 15 touchdowns and forced 15 mis-tackles in 53 red zone attempts.He also had the most runs for a first-down or touchdown among draft-eligible backs from the Mountain West conference (84), along with the most forced mis-tackles (68).Nice Complement to Dalvin CookProductive, willful runner whose combination of functional patience and aggressive urgency helped him find his niche as an every-down workhorse. While he has the ability to create yards for himself with adequate elusiveness and power, he’s not a slasher or banger by NFL standards and he lacks burst to produce chunk plays on a regular basis. Mattison is a jack-of-all-trades backup with the ability to step into a heavy-duty role if called upon. His talent as a pass-catcher could move him up the RB food-chain.- Lance ZierleinMattison’s more powerful, between the tackles running style serves as a nice compliment to Dalvin Cook’s more explosive, elusive style.He’s also a durable back that can handle a lot of carries.And he’s also a good short yardage back too.So, between the two backs, the Vikings should offer both big play ability, along with the power to wear down a defense over the course of a game. Mattison was primarily an inside zone runner at Boise State, and I could see the Vikings varying his use between inside and outside zone runs, and even some power in short yardage situations, where he has a knack for powering forward through the line to gain.Mattison also has some receiving ability out of the backfield, with good hands.He had no dropped passes last season.He also has good ability as a blocker, but could stand to improve in this area - like most college running backs. Bottom line, the Vikings were looking for a Latavius Murray replacement with this pick Minnesota Vikings Jerseys 2019 , and they may have got an upgrade in the process.Mattison can do everything Murray did for the Vikings, but also brings greater balance, elusiveness and speed as a younger back entering the league after a nice run at Boise State.Scouting ReportsHere are a couple scouting report summaries on Mattison:Scouting FilmI included Mattison’s highlight reels to showcase what he can do as a runner, along with the MWC championship game, where he had 40 carries and reminds you of how Adrian Peterson used to dominate games as a back. He got his first chance to talk with the Twin Cities media"Shortly after the Minnesota Vikings made him their second-round pick in the 2019 NFL Draft, Alabama tight end Irv Smith, Jr. got an opportunity to speak with the Twin Cities media for the first time. He had a conference call with reporters from the area, and thanks to the Vikings’ PR department, we have the full transcript to share with you to get the rookie’s thoughts on being drafted by the purple.Thanks to the Vikings’ Public Relations folks for sending out the transcript.I’m so excited to have this opportunity. I’m blessed the Vikings believed in me, and that they wanted to make me a Minnesota Viking. It’s an amazing opportunity, I can’t wait to get out there.Q: What was it like growing up in a football family?A: It was amazing. My dad doing all the things that he’s done, as a young man having him as a mentor and seeing all his footballs, his helmets, his trophies and everything around the house, just seeing all that motivated me to put myself in this position I’m in today.Q: What do you know about Kyle Rudolph Trae Waynes Jersey , and how do you see the two of you working together?A: I see him as a player that I definitely looked up to playing football, especially as a tight end. He’s done so much, been a Pro Bowl player, and I can’t wait to work with him and learn from him.Q: Did you always want to play tight end, considering that was your dad’s position too?A: When I was younger I started out playing receiver. I started playing football in eighth grade, and my sophomore year I started playing tight end. After that I switched over to the position.Q: Did your dad try to steer you in that direction?A: He definitely did. At first he said, “You can be a receiver, and be slow receiver, or a fast tight end.” I wound up being a fast tight end and it worked out.Q: What kind of advice has your dad given you throughout this process?A: He’s helped me so much, honestly. Just telling me some of the things to do, some of the things not to do, learning from his mistakes. Just picking his brain. He’s helped me so much and he’s going to continue to help me throughout this.Q: Do you take pride in your versatility and your ability to play in the slot and out wide?A: Yes sir, that’s really what I pride myself in mostly. All the best tight ends in the NFL and all the greats, they were able to do both; run block and make plays in the passing game. It opens a lot for you and helps the team in all phases of the game. It’s something I pride myself on and I’ll continue to work on and improve as a player.Q: Talk about your ability to create mismatches.A: It’s something that I really pride myself on. I believe no linebacker or safety one-on-one can stay with me, and I’m going to keep proving to people [why] that’s how I feel.Q: What did you learn from O.J. Howard Eric Kendricks Jersey , playing behind him early in your career?A: I learned a lot from O.J. I was a freshman and he was a senior, and the way he carried himself as a player and a person, the way he treated everyone, that’s something that I really took from him. On the field he took no plays off, was a complete tight end, I believe, and it’s proven that he’s doing the same thing in the NFL today.Q: How do you feel you are as a run blocker? Do you think you’re still a work in progress in that area?A: Yeah, I definitely think I’m a work in progress. I went against what I feel like was the top competition in college, and I did a great job of it, but it’s definitely something that I can always improve on and it’s something that is going to be a main focus this coming year.Q: Have you ever been to Minnesota?A: Never. I can’t wait.Q: Have you seen snow?A: I’ve seen snow. I’ve never lived in it, but I’ve seen it. I’ll have to get used to it.Q: Are you going to go out and buy a car now? I heard yours broke down on the way back from Tuscaloosa.A: Yeah, I was driving from Alabama to New Orleans and it ran out on me. I had it since my sophomore year of high school, so yeah, it’s time for a new lift.