4 late-round quarterbacks the Vikings could draft in 2021

(Photo by Peter G. Aiken/Getty Images) Sam Ehlinger
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Sam Ehlinger (Texas)


  • Height: 6-foot-1 | Weight: 222 pounds

2020 Stats:

  • 2,566 passing yards
  • 34 total touchdowns
  • 5 interceptions
  • 60.2 percent completion rate

Sam Ehlinger was your typical “not good but we’re going to talk ourselves into him being an NFL starter” quarterback as he entered his final season at Texas. His story for the Longhorns was cool and all but that’s not enough to label him an NFL-ready quarterback but he can get there in a couple of years if he is in the right situation – which yes, applies to everyone to a degree.

Ehlinger was often compared to Tim Tebow in college, which I can understand because he’s an iffy passer with a lot of exciting plays on the ground. He’s compact as a runner and will be a very fun backup in case he ever gets thrown into action thanks to his willingness to put his head down and run head-on into a linebacker.

His energy and leadership are contagious and cannot be stressed enough. All good teams will love a player with his competitive streak and demeanor as a player.

As far as his ability as a passer, there is a lot to work on but a lot to still like from Ehlinger. He is a very sound anticipation thrower, meaning he is very capable of working to his receivers and delivering into areas that will be open or will allow the receiver to make a play after the catch.