2022 NFL Draft results: Minnesota Vikings select Ty Chandler
With the second of the two. . .for the moment. . A fifth-round pick, the Minnesota Vikings came out and selected a running back.
With the 169th pick in the 2022 NFL Draft, the Minnesota Vikings selected University of North Carolina running back Ty Chandler.
Chandler spent the start of his college career at the University of Tennessee before entering the transfer portal and heading to Chapel Hill for his fifth season of eligibility. He participated in the East-West Shrine Game and threw a 4.38 dash for 40 yards in practice during the pre-draft process.
Dane Brugler of The Athletic had Chandler as the No. 19 running back in this year’s class. Here’s what Brugler had to say about Chandler:
A one-year starter at North Carolina, Chandler had a strong senior season in offensive coordinator Phil Longo’s RPO-based multiple program as he attempted to replace missing Javonte Williams and Michael Carter. After four productive seasons at Tennessee (his 3,245 all-purpose yards rank among the top five in Volunteers history), he transferred to Chapel Hill for his final season and finished in the ACC’s top three in yards at the ground and touchdowns. Despite inconsistent vision and strength of play, Chandler attacks the holes with flurry and tempo, then hits other gear to sneak through the defense. He has experience running and producing as a wide receiver, and his blocking should continue to improve. Overall, Chandler isn’t the most creative runner between tackles, but he is a multi-dimensional fullback with above-average speed and solid contact balance. His versatility will be appreciated by NFL teams who put a lot of strain on their backs.
Chandler looks like a pretty versatile fullback who could have the opportunity to crack the roster depending on how many running backs the Vikings keep in 2022. We’ll have to see how the coaches use him.
Welcome to Minnesota, Ty Chandler!