EAGAN, Minn. – The Vikings have added another running back to the roster.
Minnesota signed Abram Smith, the team announced Friday.
In order to make room for Smith on the roster, the Vikings waived fullback Zach Ojile, a Blaine native who played college football at Minnesota-Duluth.
Smith was the first overall pick of the 2023 XFL Draft during the first phase (skill players) of the event. During the 10-game regular season, he recorded 788 yards and seven touchdowns. Smith was named to the 2023 All-XFL team following the season.
View photos of the Vikings 53-man roster as of Sept. 26, 2023.
The Abilene, Texas, native shined for the Baylor Bears from 2017-21. He played his first three collegiate seasons as a running back before switching to linebacker in 2020. That season, he totaled 48 tackles and a sack. The Bears moved him back to running back for his senior season, and he racked up 257 carries for 1,601 yards and 12 touchdowns. Smith helped lead the team to a school-record 12-2 season, capped with a 2021 Big 12 Championship and 2022 Sugar Bowl victory.
Smith went undrafted in the 2022 NFL Draft but signed with the Saints as a free agent that May. He spent the offseason and preseason with New Orleans but was waived just before the regular season.
Smith adds depth to a Vikings running backs room led by Alexander Mattison. He also joins Kene Nwangwu, Ty Chandler, DeWayne McBride and fullback C.J. Ham.