Alexander Mattison Jersey

If you’re in a fantasy dynasty league, your rookie draft is likely right around the corner.We didn’t waste our time and already had ours. A player who went in the third round, much like he did in the NFL Draft, is Vikings draftee Alexander Mattison.While Mattison is slotted as the team’s backup running back behind Dalvin Cook, Cook has missed 17 games in his first two seasons, making his backup valuable in the real and fantasy world. There’s a reason why Latavius Murray had more than 1,300 yards to go with 14 touchdowns in his two seasons with the Vikings.

In his junior season at Boise State, Mattison ran for 1,415 yards to go with 17 touchdowns. He also caught 27 passes for 173 yards.I don’t think Mattison is going to be the Rookie of the Year, so let’s not get wild. But if you can snag him late in your rookie draft, especially if you can handcuff him with Dalvin Cook, that could pay off for you as the season progresses.The Vikings used their third-round pick to add to their running backs room with Boise State’s Alexander Mattison.

Minnesota initially was slated to make the 81st overall selection but made some trades – four times, to be exact – and ended up grabbing Mattison at the 102nd spot.

Mattison played three seasons for the Broncos 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.

“I think my versatility [is a strength],” Mattison told Twin Cities media members via conference calls. “I also think I’m a smart football player, and I make great decisions when I’m on the field and am very instinctive. Along with that, that versatility kind of pays off, and that makes me the back that I am.”

As a first-grader, Mattison joined the Dual Immersion Program at his school. He remained a part of the program through graduation and is a fluent Spanish speaker.

Mattison was faced with a decision of transferring to a high school more heavily recruited by Division I schools or remaining at San Bernardino High School (California). He opted against leaving the school – and Dual Immersion Program – and went on to graduate with a cumulative 4.7 GPA. He was named a 2016-17 Academic All-Mountain West team.
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.
There was major disappointment in Broncoland over Brett Rypien going undrafted over the weekend, but at the other end of the spectrum was Alexander Mattison. The Boise State running back produced a different kind of surprise when he was taken at the very end of the third round by the Minnesota Vikings.

And in the process, Mattison became the second-highest Bronco back ever to be drafted behind first-round pick Doug Martin in 2012. It sounds like a calculated move by the Vikings, as incumbent Dalvin Cook has missed half of the Vikings’ games the last two seasons due to injury. Minnesota likes Mattison’s combination of short-yardage bulldozer, pass-catcher and third-down pass protector. And the Vikings love his durability—witness the 77 carries he had the last two games of his Bronco career.When the NFL Draft gets into the seventh round, especially with quarterbacks who haven’t been chosen, it’s better to go undrafted at that point so you can choose a path that gives you the best chance.

That’s the situation for Boise State’s Brett Rypien, who’s now a Denver Bronco with the unwelcome UDFA tag—undrafted free agent. Denver liked Rypien all the way along, just not enough to draft him. The Broncos took Missouri’s Drew Lock in the second round, an ideal insurance policy should Joe Flacco not work out after coming over from Baltimore. So Rypien’s assignment will be to compete for the No. 3 job and what could be a practice squad spot. As it stands now, that will be against former Stanford standout Kevin Hogan and one-time Mountain West foe Garrett Grayson, the Colorado State product.

It’ll be several years at least before Boise State will be able to break this quarterback drought in the NFL Draft. There’s never been one chosen in the top seven rounds. Will it be Chase Cord? Hank Bachmeier? Some unknown recruit currently in middle school? Marquee Bronco players (and their fans) have been through this type of draft day disappointment before. Seven years ago the most popular player in program history was on the board all the way through the Mr. Irrelevant pick. Kellen Moore stuck it out for six seasons in the league (and things have worked out for him in another facet of football). And 10 years ago Ian Johnson, who scored the most important two points Boise State has ever known, went undrafted and never played a regular season NFL down. Root for Ryp like you rooted for those guys.

Irv Smith Jersey

“Smith is still green in terms of overall experience, which shows up in run-blocking and route-running, but he has plenty of talent and is likely to get much better in both areas. He has combination tight end talent but really flashes as a move blocker at fullback or wingback spots. His buildup speed sets him apart as a big, field-stretching option and once he gets rolling after the catch. O.J. Howard was bigger, and a better athlete, but like Howard, Smith offers Pro Bowl potential as a well-rounded tight end prospect.” – Lance Zierlein,

“Irv Smith projects favorably as a modern day tight end. Smith has consistent flashes in the receiving game and will enter the league with blocking chops as well. There’s not a lot of cons to Smith’s profile, he’s a very well rounded player who should be able to transition quickly to the pros. Smith’s ceiling is as a Pro Bowl caliber Tight End, his well rounded skills will enable him high snap percentages and his versatility as a receiver will allow him to excel in nearly any offense.” – Kyle Crabbs, The Draft Network

With tight end Kyle Rudolph entering the final year of his contract, his longterm future remains uncertain.

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With the No. 50 selection in the second round of the NFL draft, Minnesota on Friday night took Alabama tight end Irv Smith Jr. General manager Rick Spielman said Smith and Rudolph are different sorts of tight ends and could play together but he would not speculate on Rudolph’s future beyond 2019.

Rudolph will make $7.275 million in the final year of his contract. He said last week he would like to sign an extension, but that the Vikings have not offered one.

“You know I never talk business,’’ Spielman said when asked if Rudolph could be given an extension.

The Vikings made four trades in the third round and eventually selected running back Alexander Mattison of Boise State with the No. 102 and final pick in the round. The Vikings now have nine picks in the final four rounds, which will be held Saturday.

Smith caught 44 passes last season for 710 yards. He is the son of former NFL tight end Irv Smith Sr.
After drafting tight end Irv Smith Jr. with their second-round pick in this weekend’s NFL draft, there is no way the Minnesota Vikings are going to pay Kyle Rudolph the $7.63 million he is scheduled to make this season. If the Vikings can’t trade Rudolph — rumors of a deal with New England persist — the cash-strapped Vikings might even..

This might push Alabama’s Irv Smith Jr. into the second round, but the team that drafts him will be in for a treat.

Smith played three seasons for the Crimson Tide and attended Brother Martin in New Orleans before college.Nov 4, 2017; Tuscaloosa, AL, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide tight end Irv Smith Jr. (82) celebrates his touchdown against the LSU Tigers during the first quarter at Bryant-Denny Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports (Photo: John David Mercer, John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports)

an 8, 2018; Atlanta, GA, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide tight end Irv Smith Jr. (82) celebrates after defeating the Georgia Bulldogs in the 2018 CFP national championship college football game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY SportsIf Smith’s name sounds familiar in NFL circles, it’s because it is. He shares his name and NFL talent of his father.

The elder Smith played seven seasons in the NFL and was a first-round draft pick by the New Orleans Saints in 1993.

Garrett Bradbury Jersey

When the final mock drafts rolled in, a handful of analysts projected Minnesota to snag N.C. State center Garrett Bradbury with the 18th overall pick.

And when the 2019 NFL Draft kicked off for real in Nashville last night, the Vikings did just that.

NFL Media analyst Daniel Jeremiah, who most recently mocked Bradbury to end up in Purple, reacted to the pick by immediately saying “well done” during the NFL Network broadcast.

“Kirk Cousins, we don’t have video of him, but he’s celebrating along with Garrett Bradbury,” Jeremiah said. “This is the best center in the draft and one of the best to come out in the last handful of years. I call him the ‘Grim Reacher,’ Coach [David Shaw], because I’ve never seen somebody reach more guys in the run game than what Garrett Bradbury does.

“He is outstanding with his quickness,” Jeremiah added. “You think about guys he reminds you of, you go back and look at Jason Kelce and Ryan Kalil, he is that type of center. The quickness is off the charts.”

ESPN’s Todd McShay also predicted the Vikings would use their first-round pick on Bradbury.

On a conference call with media members in March, McShay called the center “clearly the best interior offensive lineman” in this year’s draft class.

“You look at it, and I think if you can get a player of his quality there and know that you have a plug-and-play starter for the next eight, nine, 10 years … you have to feel pretty good about it,” McShay said.

“Bradbury has great agility and is quick off the ball in run blocking,” McShay said.

Months before Bradbury stood on the stage with NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell, he was praised by analyst Lance Zierlein in advance of the NFL Scouting Combine in Indianapolis.

Zierlein wrote in Bradbury’s bio that his “body control, core strength, movement skills and intelligence check very important boxes” for teams looking to bolster the interior of their line.

“His pass-pro tape against Clemson proves he can hold his own against a variety of pass-rush flavors, while his strength and athleticism make him scheme flexible,” Zierlein said. “He is a candidate to become an early and long-time starter in the league.”

“Minnesota’s No. 1 goal this offseason has been to find ways to keep its $84 million quarterback upright. Bradbury is nasty, versatile and tough. He had a great week in Indianapolis at the combine and is projected to be a Day 1 starter in the NFL at one of the three interior OL positions.” – Schrager’s explanation for projecting Bradbury to the Vikings

“Bradbury has outstanding athleticism and mobility for the position with the alert awareness required to lead an offense. He can be knocked off balance at times, but he is quick to recover and understands the biomechanics of the position. Overall, Bradbury will have the occasional trouble vs. power, but he is exceptionally quick, instinctive and tough, ideally suited for a zone-blocking scheme in the NFL where he has Pro Bowl potential.” – Brugler in his 2019 NFL Draft Guide

As much success as N.C. State has had in the NFL draft recently, it hasn’t produced first-round picks in consecutive years since 1979 and ‘80.

And 1980 is the last time a Wolfpack offensive linemen, the great Jim Ritcher, went in the first round.

Charlotte’s Garrett Bradbury figures to knock off both milestones on Thursday night at the NFL draft. The athletic N.C. State center (6-foot-3, 306 pounds) is projected to be a first-round pick and the first center off the board.

With defensive end Bradley Chubb going No. 5 overall last year, that would give N.C. State back-to-back years with first-round picks. That hasn’t happened since running back Ted Brown, the ACC’s all-time leading rusher, went to Minnesota (No. 16 overall) in 1979 and a year later the Buffalo Bills made Ritcher the No. 16 overall pick.