6 bold predictions for the Vikings in the 2022 NFL Draft

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Minnesota will not draft a quarterback in this year’s draft

After signing Cousins to a contract extension, the Vikings appear set at quarterback. With a fully-guaranteed contract, a no-trade clause, and the undying support of his head coach, the Vikings are ready to ride or die with Cousins under center.

But his contract leaves some grey area. With longer deals on the table, the two sides only agreed to a one-year extension. This gaslights the idea that the Vikings could take a quarterback and have him take over for Cousins in 2023. But it’s an idea that is highly unlikely.

This year’s quarterback class has a ton of questions. Malik Willis is the top prospect, but many have him being selected within the top 10. Even if he falls, the Vikings could see a different player that could help them win now and trade out of that spot.

The Vikings could still draft a quarterback in this scenario, but it’s hard to see who that would be.

Kenny Pickett is the best bet to start right away, but his upside is questionable. Matt Corral put up great stats in a quarterback-friendly offense, but his knee injury has made him an unknown commodity. Sam Howell collapsed when he lost his supporting cast and Desmond Ridder doesn’t play as fast as his workout indicated at the combine.

Taking any of these quarterbacks is a good decision in theory. But it doesn’t seem to fit what the Vikings are trying to accomplish. With no elite prospects, there’s more upside to wait for a better class in 2023.