Vikings select Iowa State RB Kene Nwangwu in the fourth round of the 2021 NFL draft

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Minnesota has been deep at running back these past few seasons.

Dalvin Cook is one of the top running backs in the NFL. Alexander Mattison is a very capable backup. With Mike Boone’s departure, the Vikings could use more depth behind those two.

Iowa State RB Kene Nwangwu could be that depth. Minnesota nabbed Nwangwu in the fourth round of the 2021 NFL draft on Saturday. He had 339 rushing yards and four touchdowns in his final collegiate season with the Cyclones.

He can compete with Ameer Abdullah for running back reps behind Cook and Mattison. Not only that, but Nwangwu has experience as a kick returner. He could be a kick returner or punt returner for the Vikings in 2021.