6 emergency options at QB if Vikings lose Kirk Cousins to injury in 2021

(Photo by Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports) Case Keenum
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Roll with Kellen Mond

When the Vikings decided to use their highest draft pick on a quarterback since 2014 to select Kellen Mond earlier this year, the collective eyebrows in the team’s fan base certainly rose a bit higher than normal.

Mond is viewed as a developmental quarterback at this stage in his career, so Minnesota isn’t really looking for him to even get out on the field during the 2021 season.

But if Kirk Cousins goes down, the Vikings might not have much of a choice. Of the current quarterbacks on Minnesota’s current roster, Mond is the one with the most upside.

Replacing an injured Cousins is not how the Vikings probably envisioned the rookie getting his first action in the NFL. But a scenario like this could potentially result in Minnesota figuring out who their quarterback of the future will be.

Trade for Case Keenum

No matter what he does during the rest of his career in the league, Case Keenum will forever have a place in the hearts of every Vikings fan after being the guy to throw the pass during the magical “Minneapolis Miracle”.

Keenum’s career hasn’t exactly gone the way he has probably hoped since that 2017 season with Minnesota. He’s jumped around the NFL and he’s currently the backup for the Cleveland Browns behind Baker Mayfield.

Mike Zimmer wasn’t a gigantic fan of Keenum’s in 2017, but the Vikings head coach has witnessed the veteran quarterback help his team win some games in the past. So maybe Keenum’s success in purple a few years ago would be enough to convince Zimmer to agree to bring back the former Minnesota signal-caller if Cousins goes down.