Kamara Reportedly Visited Vikings and Panthers

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    Former Vol running back Alvin Kamara has steadily risen up draft boards since the end of the Vols’ 2016 season. Kamara has been pegged consistently as a second-round draft pick in the upcoming 2017 NFL Draft, and some projections even have him going in the first round.

    After a solid showing at the NFL Combine and Tennessee’s Pro Day, Kamara is starting to visit some NFL teams. According to a report by Ian Rappaport of the NFL Network, Kamara has visited two teams recently.

    As Rappaport noted, Adrian Peterson is no longer with Minnesota, so the Vikings are likely looking for a replacement for him. The Vikings were dead last in the NFL last season in rushing yards per game, averaging a mere 75.3 yards per game and only 3.2 yards per carry. Kamara averaged 6.2 yards per carry in his 24 games at Tennessee.

    Carolina has a little more stable situation at running back than Minnesota, but with Jonathan Stewart entering his 10th season and Cameron Artis-Payne and Fozzy Whittaker yet to make big impacts while at Carolina, Kamara could be just the type of running back the Panthers are looking for to complement Stewart.

    Todd McShay and Mel Kiper Jr. both put out a new two-round mock draft earlier this week, and that mock draft had Kamara going No. 56 overall to the Oakland Raiders.

    Nathanael Rutherford is the managing editor and social media manager for Rocky Top Insider. Nathanael graduated from the University of Tennessee and cultivated a passion for the Vols while growing up in Knoxville a mere 10 minutes from Neyland Stadium. He's been a part of the RTI team since November of 2015 and has been the editor of RTI since June of 2017. If he's not talking or writing about Tennessee athletics, he's probably talking about Star Wars.