Alexander Mattison continues the increasing line of productive Boise State running backs turning into NFL draft picks. He is the 8th running back ever drafted out of Boise State, the fourth of the past five BSU starting RBs to be drafted, and the third straight to be drafted as a junior.
An interesting note is that out of that trio who declared early, Mattison had the lowest two-year starter stats, but ended up being drafted highest. His third round selection eclipses the both Jay Aajyi and Jeremy McNichols, who both were selected in the fifth round.
Anyway, Alexander was taken 102nd overall (3rd round) by the Minnesota Vikings. He could find an immediate role as a short yardage or redzone back as he becomes the tallest and heaviest back on the Vikings roster. His between the tackles, more bruising type of style that results in many missed tackles and hard-fought extra yards could lead to NFL success. A better blocking offensive line won’t hurt either.
What the internet is saying:
The Vikings round out the third round of the #NFLDraft by selecting RB Alexander Mattison out of @BroncoSportsFB!— PFF Draft (@PFF_College) April 27, 2019
The 5-foot-11, 221-pound back recorded a top-five 10-yard split at the Combine and forced the third-most missed tackles of any back in the draft-eligible FBS in 2018 https://t.co/z0mC02q3P1