Questions Answered: Trading Up for a QB, Stingley’s Draft Stock, Top Prospects Falling to Vikings

Dec 26, 2020; Orlando, FL, USA; Liberty Flames quarterback Malik Willis. Mandatory Credit: Douglas DeFelice-USA TODAY Sports

The following questions are about current Minnesota Vikings topics, answered by VikingsTerritory. Today is the April 9th edition, addressed in a from-the-hip fashion. If you have questions, please email them to d.baker@vikingsterritory.com.

Also, please note: These are opinion-based responses. Some answers will be incorrect from time to time. But we’ll try to keep that to a minimum.


Q: I read an article somewhere warning the Vikings would be silly to trade up for QB this draft. Do you agree?

Oct 17, 2020; Syracuse, NY, USA; Liberty Flames quarterback Malik Willis (7) scores on a touchdown run in the first half during a game against Syracuse on Saturday, Oct. 17, 2020, at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, N.Y. Mandatory Credit: Dennis Nett/Pool Photo-USA TODAY Sports

A: We emphatically agree that it would be stupid to draft assets for a climb up the draft board for a quarterback in this draft. Some years, yes, that is smart, and we advocate it. But this draft class is underwhelming, stuffed full of hopeful-maybes when drafts, by nature, are already stuffed full of hopeful-maybes. There are just more at quarterback this draft cycle.

If Willis, Corral, or Pickett fall to the Vikings organically and Kwesi Adofo-Mensah wants to take a stab at one — great, let’s do it.

But don’t trade the farm in a draft class of QBs universally considered suspicious.

Q: The fans want Stingley Jr. from LSU. I’m just not convinced he’ll be there for the Vikings. Can he still fall all the way to Minnesota?

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Derek Stingley Jr.

A: As you can probably tell, we go back and forth on this one.

Stingley shouldn’t be available to the Vikings at #12 — he’s too good. Yet, other teams stretching in the draft to get quarterbacks and wide receivers would make it possible.

We’ll deliver final predictions soon, but today, we’re leaning toward Stingley Jr. probably gone by #12.

Q: Which top prospect figured to fall in the draft are the Vikings most likely to snatch?

Oregon’s Kayvon Thibodeaux enters the stadium for the game against Oregon State on Nov. 27, 2021. Syndication The Register Guard

A: A handful of Top 10 men can reasonably tumble down the board — even if one excludes the aforementioned Stingley Jr.

Kayvon Thibodeaux, Kyle Hamilton, and Trevon Walker are the usual suspects. For various reasons, those players have descended mock drafts in the last week.

If either of those rookies is there at #12, we endorsed their union with the Vikings. It doesn’t matter the name in this threeway example.

Always choose the best player available in the 1st Round. Unwaveringly.


Dustin Baker is a political scientist who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2007. Subscribe to his daily YouTube Channel, VikesNow. He hosts a podcast with Bryant McKinnie, which airs every Wednesday with Raun Sawh and Sally from Minneapolis. His Viking fandom dates back to 1996. Listed guilty pleasures: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, ‘The Sopranos,’ and The Doors (the band).

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