Jalen Hurts – QB (Oklahoma)
Jalen Hurts is a bit of a polarizing prospect. He’s been ranked by some as a first-round guy, while others see him more as a late, Day 2 type of player.
If the Vikings move out of the first round altogether and acquire an additional second-round pick, then it’d make sense for them to roll the dice on this guy with one of those choices while addressing another need with the other.
Physically, Hurts has all the tools one loves in a quarterback. He’s got good size, a strong arm, and he can make plays with his legs.
When it comes to some of the technical aspects of his game, it’s a bit of a different story. He needs to improve his accuracy and he also needs to get out of the habit of locking onto his primary target. Hurts will need a couple of seasons of development and that is what makes him a perfect fit for Minnesota.
In all likelihood, the Vikings will look to extend Kirk Cousins for another couple of years this offseason. That doesn’t stop them from drafting a prospect to groom behind Cousins in the meantime.
Hurts could be brought along slowly as he gets acclimated to the speed of the NFL and the complexities of a professional offense. By the time he’s ready to start, Cousins’ career in purple could be winding down and the transition would be seamless.