4 late-round quarterbacks the Vikings could draft in 2021

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K.J. Costello (Mississippi State)


  • Height: 6-foot-5 | Weight: 222 pounds

2020 Stats:

  • 1,283 passing yards
  • 6 touchdowns
  • 11 interceptions
  • 64.1 percent completion rate

If there was one player in college football that was set up for major success after transferring in 2020 it was K.J. Costello. He left Stanford to join Mike Leach’s air raid offense at Mississippi State, a system that has pushed a handful of quarterbacks to the NFL over the past few years. Gardner Minshew will be the driving point of using Leach as a stepping stool for the next level.

Costello is a big fan of launching the deep ball and hoisting up 50/50 plays to his receivers, which is not always a great thing but it is something that could be of interest for the Vikings. With how often Kirk Cousins is asked to use play-action and seek deep shots, Costello could be a guy they like as an understudy.

While he is a solid passer within the pocket, Costello is not going to offer much more than that. He is not a tremendous athlete or a gifted thrower with any elite physical traits by any means. Costello is destined to be a career backup with a long journey in the NFL if everything goes according to plan and he should be excited about that.

The Vikings typically do not want to bring in a rookie that will challenge the starter or raise any questions surrounding the position. Fortunately for them, that’s exactly what Costello will bring to the table.