5 reasons the Minnesota Vikings won’t draft a quarterback in 2022

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2022 QB class is not stellar

If last year’s crop of quarterbacks coming out of college was deemed exceptional beforehand, the same cannot be said of those entering the NFL in 2022. There doesn’t appear to be anything like Trevor Lawrence, Mac Jones, or Justin Fields in this group, although that might change once certain individuals develop their skills at the next level.

The Minnesota Vikings aren’t likely to be picking anywhere near the top-five. So if they choose to focus their attention on drafting a quarterback, it might end up being a crapshoot considering the questions surrounding this class.

Among the top prospects entering the league include Matt Corral, Sam Howell, Desmond Ridder, Kenny Pickett, and Malik Willis. Although they all come with talent, none is expected to be ready for a starting role in the immediate future.

The Vikings may not need a rookie quarterback to start thanks to Kirk Cousins still being around on the final year of his deal. But if they want to maximize their chances of success while the Michigan State product is still on the roster, then their first-round pick would be better spent elsewhere.

Again, this would all depend on whether Minnesota opts to go in a change in direction regarding Mike Zimmer and potentially even general manager Rick Spielman. If ownership does eventually decide to hit the reset button, then drafting a signal-caller early becomes far more realistic.