5 needs the Minnesota Vikings can hold off drafting in 2021

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The Vikings could use an upgrade at backup quarterback and could also stand to get a young signal-caller on the roster this year, but they likely won’t. The team has to win now, so taking a quarterback for the future at pick 14 is very doubtful. They also have Kirk Cousins under center, who has been playing great football if Vikings fans want to admit it or not.

The team could stand to get a better option at backup quarterback as Sean Mannion really brings nothing exciting to the table, but also know that they have one of the most durable quarterbacks in the league in Kirk Cousins. He just doesn’t get hurt.

He has taken a ton of hits playing behind the Vikings’ porous offensive line, and whether it is his childbearing thighs or big ol’ dad butt, the guy just absorbs hits and gets right back up. Cousins has started every single game since 2015, only missing one because Zimmer decided to bench him to ensure his health for the playoffs.

The Vikings know that their backup doesn’t really matter, as chances are Cousins will continue to remain healthy. This is why Mannion is likely to be back, as he’s a cheap option who knows the system. The team could still take a quarterback in the mid-rounds to develop, but if fans think they will land the next face of the franchise in this draft, they will be very sad come April.