Minnesota will not draft their quarterback of the future
This might be the biggest question fans have heading into the offseason. Despite a rough start, Kirk Cousins put up one of the best statistical seasons of his career with 4,265 yards, 35 touchdowns, and 13 interceptions.
But that start, where Cousins led the league with 10 interceptions and helped put the Vikings in a 1-5 hole could make a case for the team to plan for the future.
If Minnesota is planning on doing this, it would be a good year to dip their toes in the water as this year’s draft class is loaded with passing prospects.
Although the Vikings weren’t bad enough to land Trevor Lawrence, they have the draft capital to make a move up to get Justin Fields or Zach Wilson. If that doesn’t appeal to them, they could even wait until the 14th overall pick to see Mac Jones or Trey Lance fall into their lap.
But the odds are Minnesota won’t be interested in any of them.
As we’ve seen from past Vikings moves, they’re willing to mortgage their future for the sake of going 10-6 with a playoff loss. Whether Minnesota should make a move to elevate that ceiling is up for debate, but Mike Zimmer and Rick Spielman are more interested in winning in 2021 than three or four years from now.
The Minnesota Vikings had plenty of highs and lows in the 2010s, but there were plenty of great players that took the field as part of the all-decade team.
With plenty of holes to fill, Cousins should be good enough to help the Vikings win games. It’s not what some of their fan base wants, but it’s how Minnesota has decided to operate.