5'10'' / 209 lbs
Inks rookie deal
McBride (hamstring) signed a four-year contract with the Vikings on Tuesday, Craig Peters of the team's official site reports.
Alec Lewis of The Athletic notes that the 2022 seventh-round pick, who wasn't able to participate in the NFL Scouting Combine or at UAB's pro day due to a hamstring injury, was spotted at Tuesday practice. Now that he's presumably past the health concern, McBride will look to cement a depth role in a Minnesota backfield that currently includes Dalvin Cook, Alexander Mattison, Ty Chandler and Kene Nwangwu. That said, Cook's future with the team is unclear and if the Vikings part ways with him, McBride's chances of landing a Week 1 roster spot would improve.
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Perfect landing spot in Minny
The Vikings selected McBride in the seventh round of the NFL Draft, 222nd overall.
With plenty of rumors regarding the status of star running back Dalvin Cook, this becomes an interesting landing spot for the No. 2 rushing leader in college last season. McBride wasn't able to participate in the NFL Combine or UAB's Pro Day due to a hamstring injury, but by all accounts the talented back is expected to be ready for the start of training camp. While McBride is a shifty runner and reactive when hitting the hole, the 21-year-old recorded just five receptions throughout his collegiate career, and thus likely seemed destined for two-down work at the NFL level.
Shows hamstring is healthy
McBride worked out for NFL scouts Friday, after missing the 2023 Combine and UAB's Pro Day with a hamstring injury, Tom Pelissero of NFL Network reports.
While he may not have times for the drills -- or at least they may not be reported --- McBride has now shown NFL teams he's healthy the week before the draft. Listed at a sturdy 5-foot-11, 215 pounds, the 21-year-old ran for 3,084 yards and 32 touchdowns his final two seasons at UAB, albeit against shaky competition in Conference USA and with a glaring lack of receiving production (five career catches). Still, the pure running ability could be enough to warrant a Day 2 selection, and at worst McBride figures to hear his name called at some point Day 3.