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EAGAN, Minn. — The Vikings capped the second night of the 2019 NFL Draft on Friday by drafting Boise State running back Alexander Mattison with the 102nd overall pick and final selection of the third round.
Mattison, a native of San Bernardino, California, played three seasons for the Broncos.
He garnered selection to the All-Mountain West First Team and became the first Boise State player to lead the conference in a season by totaling 1,415 rushing yards as a junior in 2018.
Mattison ranked eighth in the country in rushing yards, and led the Mountain West and ranked seventh in FBS with 17 rushing touchdowns. He posted six 100-yard rushing games, including games with more than 200 yards on the ground against Utah State and Fresno State.
Mattison (5-foot-11, 221 pounds) was a two-time Mountain West Scholar Athlete (2016-17).
He finished his career with 2,829 rushing yards and 33 touchdowns on 581 rushes. Mattison also caught 60 passes for 511 yards and a score.
The selection of Mattison occurred after the Vikings, originally slated to pick 81st overall, made four trades within the round to land a bevy of picks for Saturday.
Minnesota started the three-day NFL Draft by selecting North Carolina State center Garrett Bradbury with the 18th overall pick.
The Vikings followed by selecting Alabama TE Irv Smith, Jr., in the second round. Smith is following his father's footsteps as a draft pick.
Hall of Fame DE Carl Eller announced the selection of Smith, Jr., and former Vikings TE Steve Jordan announced Mattison as Minnesota's choice after leading fans in the SKOL Chant.
Mattison became the latest running back to excel in Boise, earning first-team All-Mountain West Conference accolades in 2018. He finished in the top 10 nationally in rushes (302), rushing yards (1,415), and rushing touchdowns (17) as a junior for the Broncos. In the MWC Championship Game loss to Fresno State, he carried the ball 40 times for 200 yards and a score. League coaches awarded him honorable mention notice in 2017, as he covered 1,086 yards and scored a dozen times on 212 carries (5.1 average) in 14 games (nine starts). Mattison contributed as a true freshman, as well, playing in all 13 games (67-328-4.9, four TDs). He was a part of Boise's passing game during his three-year career, catching 60 passes for 511 yards (8.5) and one score. At San Bernardino High School, Mattison ran for over 2,000 yards as a junior and senior while also winning league titles in wrestling and the 110-meter hurdles.
Productive, 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.
- Determined runner who can carry lively legs deep into games
- Averaged 30 carries per game over final five in 2018 and thrived
- Runs with above-average balance
- Decisive running style
- Leaped over open-field tacklers multiple times
- Finds additional power as finisher near the goal line
- Probes with good downhill urgency and finds the crease
- Outstanding hands out of backfield
- Adjusts to throws outside frame and has soft hands to absorb fastballs
- Hits it upfield quickly after catch
- Chip blocks have some bite
- Plays with a little bit of hip tightness
- Multi-stepper to make lateral getaways
- Prolonged open-field cuts
- Does not appear to have a breakaway gear
- Had just nine carries of 15-plus yards in 2018
- Runs brave and takes too many direct hits
- Not enough juice to turn play-side corners on stretch plays
- Could use quicker recognition of pass-protection duties
- Hand technique needs improvement as blocker
Sources Tell Us
"I think his best comparison is Alex Collins when he was coming out of Arkansas. He wasn't explosive but just got it done. That's how (Mattison) is." -- Running backs coach with NFC team