A good year to strengthen problem areas
It’s not just the quarterback position where the Minnesota Vikings have some slight doubts long-term. Plenty of other positional groups also require attention in the immediate future and considering the organization is projected to be $5.5 million over the cap before sacrifices are made, reinforcing through the draft seems to be their only viable option.
That’s not the worst situation in the world for the Vikings. They have plenty of picks once again and this is a deep draft class at multiple positions that the team can benefit from.
Areas such as safety, defensive line, linebacker, and offensive line are stacked with talent in the 2022 class. These are all positions that either need upgrading or additional depth, so addressing this throughout the draft and standing firm with their current options under center could reap some huge rewards in the long run.
Someone like Jaquan Brisker out of Penn State, for example. A readymade replacement for Harrison Smith when the legendary safety is either not extended or hangs up his cleats.
That might not be the flashiest move in the world. But as stated previously, the Vikings would be taking a significant risk by drafting a quarterback early from this limited bunch.
Besides, nobody is taking on Kirk Cousins and his megabucks contract. And the upcoming free-agent market doesn’t have anything like a standout option.
Get better in other areas on the cheap through the draft. This will improve Minnesota’s aspirations in the short and long term if they choose the right prospects.