Jalen Hurts – QB (Oklahoma)
The Vikings are more likely to extend Kirk Cousins at this point than to draft his successor. That being said, it doesn’t exclude them from looking at a quarterback in the 2020 NFL Draft. It would be nice for them to bring in a guy who is kind of the anti-Cousins. Someone who is a freak athlete who can make plays with his feet. Jalen Hurts could be that guy.
Hurts’ draft stock is all over the board. Some have him going in the first round, while others put him in Round 6. He’s a bit of an enigma but has loads of potential. Hurts is 6-foot-2 and 220 pounds. He’s no Lamar Jackson, but he can make plays with his feet and is always a threat to take off and run. He throws a pretty deep ball and has plenty of arm strength.
The biggest concern about Hurts is that he doesn’t always go through his progressions. He likes to lock in on his primary target and throw the ball that way if his man is open or not. He also played primarily out of the shotgun in Oklahoma and needs more work under center.
Hurts is the kind of guy who would be a great fit for the Vikings. He needs a couple of years of seasoning before he sees the field. If the Vikings are able to extend Kirk Cousins for a few more years, they could take Hurts and then allow him to sit for a few seasons. This will allow him to learn the offensive system while watching how a pro like Cousins handles himself.
Where Hurts ultimately gets drafted is up in the air at this point, but if he has a great week down in Mobile, it wouldn’t be shocking to hear his name called on Thursday night of the draft.