UDFA Analysis: RB Wendell Mathis

After their top three running backs of Chester Taylor, Mewelde Moore and Ciatrick Fason, the Vikings could be looking for one more to make the 53-man roster. Could that be undrafted rookie Wendell Mathis? See what TFY Draft Preview had to say about him before he signed his contract with the Vikings.

Full Name: Wendell Mathis School: Fresno State Pos: RB

Ht: 5-11.5 Wt: 210 40: 4.53 Year: 5Sr

Bio: All-Conference selection as a senior, totaling 248/1,313/15 on the ground and 19/156/1 as a pass catcher. Junior totals included 995 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns when he started two of 12 games. Began his college career at UCLA.

Pos: Quick, explosive back with a developing game. Sets up blocks, finds the cutback lanes and quickly gets through the open seams on the field. Displayed improved patience as a senior.

Neg: Does not run with great pad level, balance or strength. Lacks creativity and the ability to gain yardage when nothing's available.

Analysis: Consistently improving, Mathis is a solid late-round choice who could develop into a third back on an NFL roster.


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