In 5 months, Minnesota Vikings lovers will need the group to make a choice an EDGE rusher, working again, and most definitely a defensive take on in the 2024 NFL Draft. All of the ones requests make sense, and the franchise will most likely oblige.
However no draft want is extra pressing than quarterback, particularly making an allowance for the standing of the 2023 season.
Vikings’ Best Draft Want in 2024 Takes Form
Minnesota misplaced 35-year-old Kirk Cousins at QB1 in overdue October, and a hodgepodge of Joshua Dobbs and Jaren Corridor has taken over because the Achilles tear. Veteran passer Nick Mullens is even part of the dialog to begin after the Vikings’ bye week.
And whilst the crimson crew has gained 5 of its remaining seven video games, the concern of a tender quarterback from the draft is paramount. Cousins is scheduled without cost company in lower than 4 months, and if the Vikings need him again, he’ll most likely ask for $40 million in keeping with season — as a result of Cousins at all times reveals a approach to snatch a hefty paycheck.
In the meantime, the Vikings’ entrance workplace should lengthen — or no less than contemplate extending — the contracts of Justin Jefferson, Christian Darrisaw, and Danielle Hunter. T.J. Hockenson already earns probably the most cashflow in NFL historical past amongst tight ends, so if Cousins asks for $40+ million once a year, what thriller bucket will the Vikings faucet for some of these extensions?
There most definitely isn’t sufficient cap area to stay Cousins, Jefferson, Darrisaw, Hunter, and Hockenson until the crew desires to trot out skeletons in every single place else. A rookie quarterback is, subsequently, probably the most smart resolution, as long as Vikings’ lovers wish to stay Jefferson a Viking for the following 4-5 years.
Too, Minnesota is reportedly doing homework on quarterbacks for April. KSTP’s Darren Wolfson stated this week on the Mackey & Judd Display, “The quantity of labor they’re doing on those quarterbacks, I can be stunned in the event that they don’t pass quarterback excessive.”
If the draft happened nowadays, the Vikings would make a selection twentieth and be within the territory to draft a quarterback like Michael Penix Jr. from Washington or Michigan’s J.J. McCarthy.
Wolfson added, “Jayden Daniels is a man the Vikings are doing paintings on. Presently on this second, they’re doing probably the most homework on McCarthy. I’m now not creating a daring commentary, however I’m simply pronouncing they’ve executed a ton of labor on McCarthy.”
Theoretically, Cousins may just re-sign in Minnesota for a small-ish extension of $25 million because the crew learns his trajectory with a repaired Achilles. However that’s most definitely a myth given Cousins’ and his agent’s shrewd observe document of accruing huge lots of assured money.
In any case, Kwesi Adofo-Mensah and Kevin O’Connell should draft their very own quarterback in the future. It could be very strange to go into 12 months No. 3 or 12 months No. 4 in their management reign with chronic journeys to the wishing smartly with Cousins.
The time is now to draft a quarterback with high-round draft capital, specifically with Cousins as a loose agent and his thirty sixth birthday 8 months away.
Dustin Baker is a political scientist who graduated from the College of Minnesota in 2007. Subscribe to his day by day YouTube Channel, VikesNow. He hosts a podcast with Bryant McKinnie, which airs each Wednesday with Raun Sawh and Sal Spice. His Vikings obsession dates again to 1996. Indexed to blame pleasures: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, ‘The Sopranos,’ Basset Hounds, and The Doorways (the band).