What the Vikings can expect from their 2020 seventh-round picks

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Nate Stanely – QB (Iowa)

There were questions heading into the 2020 Draft whether or not the Minnesota Vikings would take a quarterback. They certainly didn’t have to with the way their depth chart was sitting. They had Kirk Cousins at the top, with Sean Mannion backing him up. Then on the practice squad was last year’s undrafted signal-caller Jake Browning. The feeling was if the Vikings were on the clock and a decent prospect was on the board, they could pull the trigger. They finally did that in round 7.

Nate Stanely is a good-sized quarterback standing 6-foot-4 and tipping the scales at 235 pounds. He isn’t the most mobile quarterback in the world but does have a cannon for an arm. His accuracy is also a question but there are plenty of raw tools here that the Vikings can develop.

What can Vikings fans expect from Nate Stanley? They should expect him to come in and compete for the backup quarterback job. He’s a very long shot to unseat Sean Mannion for that role but could beat out Jake Browning as the third quarterback. The Minnesota Vikings don’t always keep three quarterbacks on the active roster, and Stanley’s best hope for sticking with the team is to earn a spot on the practice squad.