With Their Final Pick, The Vikings Snag TE Nick Muse

Mar 1, 2022; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Minnesota Vikings general manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah during the NFL Combine at the Indiana Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Well, folks, it has been a wild draft, one full of trades and roster reinforcements. With the final purple selection in the draft – unless Kwesi Adofo-Mensah pulls off something crazy – the Vikings have opted for TE Nick Muse. They got him with the 227th pick.

As has become tradition, I turn to those who know far more about the draft than myself:

And here is the write up from NFL.com:

Muse played in six games with one start as a true freshman at William & Mary (4-55-13.8, one TD) after helping South Point High School win a state title his senior season. He garnered third-team All-Colonial Athletic Association accolades in 2018, even though he played in just seven games with three starts (30-453-15.1, one TD). Muse joined South Carolina in June 2019. It took time to gain eligibility, finally getting on the field before the second game of the year. He played in eight games with one start, catching 17 passes for 158 yards (9.3 per) before a knee injury ended his season. Muse became a bigger part of the offense in 2020, starting 10 contests (30-425-14.2, one TD) and started all 13 games in 2021 (20-222-11.1, two TDs). Nick is the brother of former Clemson safety and Las Vegas Raiders 2020 third-round draft pick Tanner Muse, who is now with the Seattle Seahawks.

It’s a little surprising the Vikings didn’t make it more of a priority to snag a tight end. The team lost Tyler Conklin and Irv Smith Jr. is coming off an injury that caused him to miss all of 2021. The team must believe that Smith is healthy and that a depth option like Johnny Mundt or Zach Davidson can step up.

Muse’s most immediate competition for a roster spot is Mundt, Davidson, and Ben Ellefson. He’ll need to show that he’s a strong contributor on special teams and that he can take offensive snaps when needed.

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