The Minnesota Vikings are in an interesting situation with their quarterback, Kirk Cousins. Could they pull the trigger and draft a QB in 2023? The Vikings were one of the biggest surprises in the NFL last year, winning nearly every one of their close games en route to a 13-4 record and a playoff berth.
They fell to the New York Giants in the Wild Card round and parted ways with quite a few veteran players this offseason. Back in 2018, they signed then free agent quarterback Kirk Cousins to a full guaranteed contract in hopes he’d be able to take them farther than Case Keenum did in 2017, the year of the Minneapolis Miracle.
Well, they haven’t advanced past the divisional round since Cousins came aboard and it seems increasingly likely that the new regime in town takes a stab at a quarterback in a coming draft at some point.
"I’ve heard loud rumblings that Minnesota is very active in trying to trade up for a quarterback and I think they will pull off a blockbuster here. Levis will succeed Kirk Cousins after the Vikings chose not to extend the latter beyond this season. There is a major disconnect between how fans and those inside the NFL view Will Levis. Don’t get me wrong, there are several people in the NFL who are uninterested in drafting Levis this high, but there are plenty who believe he is absolutely worth the cost with the upside to be the best passer in the class when it’s all said and done."
Well, this is interesting. This mock draft that contains this quote from Eisner has the Minnesota Vikings trading all the way up to the second overall pick in the 2023 NFL Draft to select Will Levis from Kentucky.
Kirk Cousins turns 35 years old this August and is a mostly low-ceiling type of QB. He’s been one of the most efficient and consistent passers in the NFL over the last decade, but he’s not an elite talent at the position, and that’s what’s needed in today’s NFL.
General Manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah will surely be looking at quarterbacks this draft and I don’t think it’d be a big shock if the Minnesota Vikings took one to eventually replace Cousins.