Minnesota Vikings star running back Adrian Peterson praised rookie running back Jerick McKinnon.

McKinnon is a converted quarterback from Georgia Southern drafted in the third round.

"He's pretty impressive and there's not too many guys who impress me like that, especially rookies coming in," Peterson said. "He's been able to do some real good things in the offense, picking it up well and just his running style."

McKinnon bench pressed 225 pounds 32 times at the NFL scouting combine.

He's regarded as a natural pass-catcher despite catching just 10 passes in college.

At Georgia Southern, he lined up everywhere from running back to quarterback and returned kicks.

A versatile role behind Peterson is anticipated for McKinnon.

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Aaron Wilson covers the Ravens for The Baltimore Sun