Minnesota Is THE Destination for QB Prospects

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The NFL Draft is less than a month away, and while Sam Darnold could be a nice fit for the Minnesota Vikings, it remains likely they will draft a first-round quarterback. The roster couldn’t be better suited for that.

Minnesota Is THE Destination for QB Prospects

While Kirk Cousins was likely the most ideal scenario for the Vikings, that was only ever going to happen on Minnesota’s terms. When he decided Atlanta was a better fit, Cousins opened the door for the Vikings to usher in a new era. The quarterback position is ultimately the one that Kwesi Adofo-Mensah has to get right, but he has plenty of things going for him.

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Whenever the Vikings use a pick, and whoever they use it on, that quarterback immediately gets put into a perfect situation. With ample weapons around them and a respectable offensive line in front of them, that player should be expected to have an advantage.

Heading into the draft process, USC’s Caleb Williams suggested not being interested in joining every team. He is going to be taken by the Chicago Bears, and he’ll have to succeed immediately for his draft hype to remain hot. The Bears franchise has struggled to get out of its own way for years, and the roster itself may still not be in a great spot after a lackluster season a year ago.

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While Minnesota has holes to fill, few of them are on the offensive side of the ball. Justin Jefferson might be one of the top five players at any position across the league, and having both Jordan Addison and T.J. Hockenson to throw to as well is a nice security blanket. An incoming quarterback also has the ability to hand the ball to Aaron Jones, and a pair of stout bookends cement the offensive line.

The Vikings roster and coaching staff are why it’s not unreasonable to think that Darnold could flourish with his new team. It’s the first time in his career that he’ll be set up for success, and seeing what a formerly highly thought of player can do with it is exciting. The rookie will also have that same complement of players around him, and should they be inserted early on, it’s not crazy to think they would be the front-runner for Rookie of the Year honors.

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Whoever is under center for the Vikings should feel fortunate to have the talent around them that they will. Because of that reality, Minnesota may not feel much of a setback after moving on from Cousins, and the future looks much more exciting than it may seem.

Ted Schwerzler is a blogger from the Twin Cities that is focused on all things Minnesota Twins and Minnesota Vikings. He’s active on Twitter and writes weekly for Twins Daily. As a former college athlete and avid sports fan, covering our pro teams with a passion has always seemed like such a natural outlet.