Do the Vikings need a better backup quarterback in 2020?

(Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) Sean Mannion
(Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images) Sean Mannion /
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(Photo by Don Juan Moore/Getty Images) Jalen Hurts
(Photo by Don Juan Moore/Getty Images) Jalen Hurts /

2020 NFL Draft options

One way the Vikings can strengthen their quarterback options is via the 2020 NFL Draft. They have 12 picks in total and they may want to select a developmental project in the mid-rounds for some added security.

One would expect the decision-makers in Minnesota to focus on areas such as cornerback, offensive line, wide receiver, and pass-rushing at the top end of the draft. But there are plenty of intriguing options available to them later on that would be well worth considering.

Former Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts is a polarizing figure when it comes to his ability to transfer his incredible skill-set to the NFL. This may see him slip to the fourth round next month, which represents good value for a player with game-changing potential.

He has something a little bit different from what the Vikings currently have on their roster. Having him learn behind an established pro like Kirk Cousins will only benefit both the player and the organization.

A mid-to-late draft prospect will not cost anything like an experienced backup, which is another positive. Others in this particular bracket that warrant consideration are Nate Stanley (Iowa), Anthony Gordon (Washington State), Shea Patterson (Michigan), Cole McDonald (Hawaii), and Steven Montez (Colorado).

One negative would be if Cousins were to get hurt at some point Minnesota would be forced to throw a rookie in who was not ready. Any incoming prospect may have to sit behind Sean Mannion as the No. 3 option unless they can prove their worth in training camp.