EAGAN, Minn. — The Vikings added to their tight ends group during the 2022 NFL Draft by tabbing Nick Muse in the seventh round with the 227th overall pick.
Muse will join a position group that is trying to offset the departure of Tyler Conklin in free agency.
Here are five things to know about the new Viking:
1. Success at South Carolina
Muse played in 13 games for South Carolina in 2021, recording 20 catches for 222 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
He had 67 catches for 805 yards (12.0 yards per catch) and three scores in three seasons for the Gamecocks.
Muse originally started his college career at William & Mary in FCS in 2017 before transferring to South Carolina in 2019.
2. Following his older brother
Muse's older brother, Tanner, was a third-round draft pick by Las Vegas in 2020.
Tanner, who starred at safety for Clemson, spent most of his rookie campaign on Injured Reserve and did not appear in any games. He signed with Seattle after being waived by the Raiders, and he played six games for the Seahawks in 2021.
"He taught me a lot about keeping it as professional as possible. When you get there, everything is done in professional mode," Nick Muse told Twin Cities media members of his brother's advice.
3. Repping the SEC
Muse and Gamecocks teammate Kingsley Enagbare represented South Carolina at the 2021 SEC Media Days, which was hosted in Birmingham, Alabama.
The two will continue to share a football field – but on opposite sidelines – twice per season. Enagbare was drafted by division foe Green Bay with the 179th overall pick.
4. North Carolina native
Muse grew up in Belmont, North Carolina, where he attended South Point High School.
Playing tight end and linebacker for South Point, he was a two-time Gaston Gazette Defensive Player of the Year (2015, 2016) and two-time all-conference selection.
Muse shares a high school alma mater with former Pro Bowl receiver Koren Robinson, who spent the 2005 season with the Vikings.
5. Reunited with Wonnum
Muse will once again be teammates with Vikings defensive end D.J. Wonnum, who overlapped with Muse at South Carolina in 2019.
Minnesota drafted Wonnum 117th overall in 2020.
View photos of South Carolina TE Nick Muse who was selected No. 227 overall in the seventh round of the 2022 NFL Draft.
"I'm pretty close with his brother, Dylan, who's still at South Carolina. Me and D.J. are more opposite, offense-defense," Muse said. "Dillon is on offense, so I talk to him all the time. I have a better relationship with him. I talk to D.J. He's a good dude. He knows how to act like a professional, play like a professional. That's why you see him on highlights. Going against him is going to be fun. We've had talks before. Me and him are going to battle at it as much as we can in practice."
Dylan opted to return to South Carolina for a fifth season after missing part of 2021 with a back injury.