Steven Montez – QB (Colorado)
Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins is heading into the final year of his $84 million contract and a contingency plan needs to be made should the team decide to not keep him around after an up-and-down two seasons with the organization.
Steven Montez has all the tools needed to be a starting quarterback in the NFL thanks to his size and arm strength. But he has been erratic and inconsistent at times, which will likely see him drop into the mid-rounds once the tape has been evaluated.
Despite this, there is plenty to suggest that there is a lot of potential to work with as Montez threw for 2,808 yards, 17 touchdowns, and 10 interceptions during his final college season.
This also included completing 63 percent of his passes, which was a two percent drop from his junior campaign. But at 6-foot-5, he is the stereotypical size for a player operating at the quarterback position. He has plenty of potential for improvement providing he is not thrown into the deep end right away.
There are some similarities between the play of Montez and Cousins, although the former is a little more mobile under pressure. So whether the Vikings want to continue with their current style of play under center or not in the future remains to be seen.
Montez has to improve his accuracy, consistency, and his ability to recognize pressure to be a success in the NFL. Anyone drafting him this year should not see him as a short term fix.