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Vikings sign RB Gerhart

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By PFW staff

A day after Vikings head coach Brad Childress urged him to "get his tail signed," the Stanford grad got smart.

RB Toby Gerhart, the 51st pick in the draft, who is expected to back up Adrian Peterson in Minnesota, signed a contract on Friday, the team reported.

The Vikings now have all of their draft picks signed and ready to compete in camp. Terms of Gerhart's deal were not released by the team, but reports say that Gerhart signed a four-year, $3.767 million contract that includes $1.939 million in guaranteed money.

Gerhart won the Doak Walker Award, given annually to the nation’s top collegiate running back, after rushing for 1,871 yards and 28 touchdowns during his senior season. He finished second in the 2009 Heisman Trophy balloting in the closest race in Heisman history and finished his career as Stanford’s all-time leader in rushing touchdowns (44), ranking second all-time in the Cardinal record books with 3,522 rushing yards.

In PFW's 2010 Draft Preview, personnel analyst Nolan Nawrocki said the 6-0, 231-pound Gerhart was "a college tailback trapped in a fullback's body" with "the strength, determination and competitiveness to wear down college defenses, but he most ideally would be suited for a more limited role … where he could preserve his body and contribute in single-back sets as a short-yardage and nickel rusher."

 

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