The Vikings’ Crowded Draft Kerfuffle

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With or without Kirk Cousins on the 2024 roster, the Minnesota Vikings almost must select a quarterback in Round 1 or 2 of the 2024 NFL Draft.

Otherwise, general manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah and head coach Kevin O’Connell will attach their employment outlook to Cousins indefinitely, and rarely do new leaders take over a franchise and refrain from choosing a rookie quarterback.

The Vikings’ Crowded Draft Kerfuffle

But there’s a problem: The Vikings outlandishly are not alone.

Oodles of teams need quarterbacks. Of course, the demand varies, but here’s the kerfuffle.

The Absolutelys

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With no debate whatsoever, outside of a splashy unforeseen trade for a veteran, these NFL teams need a rookie quarterback in the upcoming draft:

  • Atlanta Falcons
  • Denver Broncos
  • Las Vegas Raiders
  • New England Patriots
  • Washington Commanders

And, you, the Vikings fan, must decide if Minnesota should be a part of this group or the next.

For context, these rookie passers will or could be scooped from Round 1:

  • Caleb Williams (USC)
  • Drake Maye (North Carolina)
  • Jayden Daniels (LSU)
  • Michael Penix (Washington)
  • Bo Nix (Oregon)
  • J.J. McCarthy (Michigan)

That’s six dudes for ATL, DEN, LV, NE, and WAS — not including the Vikings. Something’s gotta give.

The Maybes

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These teams might select a quarterback of the future in April:

  • Chicago Bears
  • Pittsburgh Steelers
  • Seattle Seahawks
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Bears hold the almighty domino, deciding on Justin Fields’ fate in the next few months. If these four teams opt for a fresh face at quarterback from the draft, that’s 10 teams seeking six 1st-Rounders (with Quinn Ewers’ status unknown).

The Plan for the Futures

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The fun part, these clubs may want to draft a quarterback now to prepare for 2025:

  • Los Angeles Rams
  • New Orleans Saints
  • New York Giants

This little list could also include the New York Jets, but it might be unlikely for a team welcoming Aaron Rodgers back to draft a youngster.

LAR, NO, NYG would hypothetically nudge the total to 13 teams seeking six 1st-Round QBs.

The Wildcard

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Finally, this organization could stick with Kyler Murray or trade him elsewhere while using a high 1st-Round pick on Williams, Maye, or Daniels:

  • Arizona Cardinals

When the dust settles, Murray will probably stay, as his financial commitment in Arizona is robust.

The Full List, Summarized

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Including the Vikings, 14 teams could be in the market for a QB1 this offseason. These are those teams:

  • Atlanta Falcons
  • Arizona Cardinals
  • Chicago Bears
  • Denver Broncos
  • Las Vegas Raiders
  • Los Angeles Rams
  • Minnesota Vikings
  • New England Patriots
  • New Orleans Saints
  • New York Giants
  • Pittsburgh Steelers
  • Seattle Seahawks
  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers
  • Washington Commanders

If you’re in the camp wanting the Vikings to draft “the next guy,” you’ll have to hope Adofo-Mensah knows how to move and shake on draft night.


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 Sal Spice. His Vikings obsession dates back to 1996. Listed guilty pleasures: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, ‘The Sopranos,’ Basset Hounds, and The Doors (the band).

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