6 potential Minnesota Vikings draft needs for 2020

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(Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images) Kirk Cousins
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A couple of things would have to happen for this to become a pressing need for the Vikings as they enter the 2020 draft.

The biggest would be an injury to Kirk Cousins. If God forbid, he tore an ACL or something late in the year and was expected to miss the entire, or at least a large part of the 2020 season, then quarterback would become a huge issue for Minnesota.

Also, if he has a down year and shows he really isn’t the guy who is worth that huge contract the Vikings gave him, then the front office could be looking for a new face of the franchise.

It wouldn’t just be Cousins who would have to struggle. Kyle Sloter would also have to look pretty awful in the upcoming preseason.

Right now, Sloter is still looked at as a guy with plenty of upside. He has that “it” factor and Minnesota just seems to play better whenever he’s under center.

Now granted, a lot of the snaps Sloter has had have come against third stringers. But you can tell when a player is a true leader on the field no matter what the level of competition may be. Sure Sean Mannion is currently on the Vikings’ roster too, but the expectations for him should be extremely low.

So if Cousins gets hurt or struggles and Sloter takes a step backward in 2019, quarterback would be a pretty big need for Minnesota moving forward into next year’s offseason.

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The 2020 quarterback class appears top heavy with guys like Tua Tagovailoa and Justin Hebert looking like the cream of the crop. But things would have to get really ugly for the Purple to get a chance to pick either one of these blue-chip prospects.