6 biggest Minnesota Vikings needs for the 2020 NFL Draft

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(Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images) Kirk Cousins
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What the Vikings decide to do at quarterback this offseason will speak volumes. Kirk Cousins had a very impressive stretch of games where he carried the team on his back and played lights out. Those games definitely made the team feel they made the right choice in giving him nearly $90 million guaranteed in 2018.

He has had some stinkers though too. Cousins had two bad games against the Packers and a real turd against the Bears early in the season. Those types of performances make one wonder if he’s someone the team should invest in again.

If I was a betting man, I’d say Minnesota ends up extending Cousins before his third season with the team is over. He’s shown enough and while he hasn’t won the big games yet, he has played very well in many of those and wasn’t the reason the team lost.

So unless someone very unexpected falls to the Vikings in the mid-20s, do not expect them to draft a quarterback in the first round. They could, however, start to look at one to groom on Day 2 and Day 3 of the draft.

Sean Mannion is only signed to a one-year deal and he isn’t anything special. There is no reason to believe he’ll be back in 2020.

It would make sense for the Vikings to draft a young signal-caller that they could groom as the longterm backup and even potential heir to Cousins. There are plenty of guys who could be on the board on Day 2 that could be very intriguing.

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Jordan Love, Jacob Eason, and Jake Fromm are all nice prospects who could be available. Jalen Hurts is also an interesting prospect whose stock is currently all over the board. He could be worth a long-term investment and be brought along slowly if the team does extend Cousins.