EAGAN, Minn. — The Vikings selected South Carolina tight end Nick Muse with their 10th and final pick in the 2022 NFL Draft.
Minnesota used the 227th overall selection, their only seventh-round pick, on Muse. He was the fifth offensive player selected by Minnesota and fourth in a row. Overall, the Vikings took an even split of five offensive players and five on defense.
Muse, a fifth-year senior from South Carolina, is listed at 6-foot-5 and 259 pounds on his NFL.com bio page.
View photos of South Carolina TE Nick Muse who was selected No. 227 overall in the seventh round of the 2022 NFL Draft.
A former teammate of Vikings defensive end D.J. Wonnum, Muse told Twin Cities media members he is ready to help the team any way he can.
"I think I'm very versatile in the pass game. I can run the routes that's needed to run, especially at this level," Muse said. "And I think I can hold my own in the run game. I feel like I can do both.
"I think I'm going to be ready when the time comes, blocking guys like D.J. Wonnum, who is on the Vikings. He played with me at South Carolina," Muse added. "So I have experience with guys who play at this level. I also feel I can be a deep threat and help in the short game. Third-and-5, third-and-6, I can be a guy they can rely on for the most part."
Muse's selection gives the Vikings more depth at tight end, where Minnesota currently has Irv Smith, Jr., Johnny Mundt, Ben Ellefson and Zach Davidson on its roster.
Muse played in 13 games 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 career touchdowns at South Carolina.
Muse originally started his college career at William & Mary in FCS before transferring to South Carolina. His brother, Tanner, was a 2020 third-round pick by the Raiders who is now with the Seahawks.
"He taught me a lot about keeping it as professional as possible. When you get there, everything is done in professional mode," Muse said of his brother's advice. "I'm going to be beside … This ain't college no more. I'm not some kid. I'm going to be beside people who have 8-, 10-year-old kids. I'm going to be beside people who have been married for 20 years.
"I've got to be focused and take it the right way because those guys aren't playing around," Muse added. "If you mess up a couple times, you could be going home. This is my job. This is my livelihood."
Minnesota entered Day 3 with the 250th overall pick, but Vikings General Manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah moved up 23 spots earlier Saturday as part of a trade. The Vikings sent Nos. 122 and 250 to the Raiders in exchange for the 126th and 227th picks.
Minnesota then dealt the 126th pick back to Las Vegas in exchange for the 165th and 169th overall picks.