Jordan Addison Says One Man Would Be “Scary” as Vikings QB

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In an interview where he also spoke rather fondly of Kirk Cousins, Minnesota Vikings wide receiver Jordan Addison seems to have an eye on a former teammate in this year’s draft.

Jordan Addison Says One Man Would Be “Scary” as Vikings QB

He’s Caleb Williams, who’s tentatively expected to be drafted first overall by the Chicago Bears or whichever team trades with Chicago for the pick.

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USC Trojans quarterback Caleb Williams (13) during the pregame warmup before playing the Arizona State Sun Devils at Mountain America Stadium in Tempe on Sept. 23, 2023. © Rob Schumacher/The Republic / USA TODAY NETWORK.

Addison joined The Viking Age podcast with Adam Patrick last week after a fabulous rookie season. “I don’t even gotta say too much. I think people got an idea with Justin Jefferson. T.J. Hockenson. It’d be scary,” Addison told Patrick, with an enormous grin to boot, when talking about the possibility of Williams becoming a Viking.

Williams to the Vikings is an extreme longshot unless his NFL Combine goes off the rails in a couple of weeks or a scandal surfaces. He’s sat atop pundits’ draftboards for over a year, with only a small chance that North Carolina’s Drake Maye ousts Williams for the coveted 1st overall pick.

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Yet, some still believe that the Bears would do business with the Vikings, a division foe, via trade for the pick. About two weeks ago, Bleacher Report dragged the Vikings trade what-ifs to new heights, projecting the Vikings’ price to barter with the Chicago Bears for the first overall pick. Long story short, the price was bonkers. Including an NFC North rival tax, BR‘s Brad Gagnon claimed the Vikings’ side of the bargain would be massive. This was the hypothetical trade:

Vikings Get —
1st Overall Pick in 2024

Bears Get —
2024 1st-Rounder
2025 1st-Rounder
2026 1st-Rounder
2024 2nd-Rounder
2025 2nd-Rounder
2025 3rd-Rounder

To get “scary,” per Addison’s words, six premium draft picks might be the price if Vikings general manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah did business with Bears bossman Ryan Poles. Vikings fans wouldn’t lament the trade in retrospect if Williams later turned generationally productive, but the would-be trade haul is exorbitant — teetering on downright foolishness.

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Williams and Maye, plus Jayden Daniels (LSU), Michael Penix Jr. (Washington), J.J. McCarthy (Michigan), and Bo Nix (Oregon) are expected to go off the board in Round 1. Depending on the outcome of Kirk Cousins’ impending free agency, the Vikings may need a new quarterback during the event. Cousins is scheduled to hit the open market in four weeks, and it is unclear as of February 12th if Minnesota will sign the 35-year-old to an extension.

Last month, Williams commented on an Addison Instagram post, sending a handful of Vikings fanatics into speculative nirvana. Addison posted a picture of himself and Kirk Cousins with a comment: “Used to dream bout this, I can’t believe I’m here.”

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Williams promptly replied, “See you soon brotha.”

The NFL Draft is 10.5 weeks away.


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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