For the first time since 2014, the Vikings used a draft pick on a quarterback this year when they selected former Iowa signal-caller Nate Stanley in the seventh round.
Stanley didn’t put up monster numbers in college, but he’s got good size (6-foot-4, 235 pounds) and Minnesota clearly saw something in him that made them decide he was worth drafting.
Could he challenge for the No. 2 job behind Kirk Cousins this year? It doesn’t seem likely (especially with the on-field time missed due to the COVID-19 pandemic), but it wouldn’t be a surprise if he ended up on the Vikings practice squad to begin the season.
Signed as an undrafted rookie last year, Jake Browning spent all of last year on Minnesota’s practice squad. Browning re-signed with the Vikings this offseason with the hope that he’ll be able to crack the active roster at some point in 2020.
Like Stanley, there’s a small chance he could challenge Sean Mannion for the job as Minnesota’s top backup this year. But another stint on the team’s practice squad seems more likely for Browning in 2020.