5 quarterbacks the Vikings should consider trading for in 2023
By Chris Schad
We discussed that it’s unlikely that the Vikings will be able to move up for a quarterback in the draft. If they do, Richardson is one they should be considering.
One look at Richardson’s physical attributes will have any draftnik falling in love. At 6-foot-4 and 231 pounds, he has the size that most pro scouts want in their quarterback. Show them his arm strength and his ability to make big plays on the ground, and they might be falling over themselves to draft the Florida Gator.
Like most prospects, there are some concerns. Richardson completed just 54.7 percent of his passes during his collegiate career, and he might not be ready to start until 2024. But sometimes, the tools are worth the risk, as they were for Josh Allen.
Allen completed 56.2 percent of his passes over three seasons at Wyoming and spent the first two years of his NFL career running for his life. He eventually became a franchise savior for the Buffalo Bills, however, completing 65.2 percent of his passes over the past three seasons.
Stories like Allen aren’t the norm when it comes to developing quarterbacks, but that shouldn’t scare the Vikings out of taking a risk. While it would be great to draft Bryce Young, C.J. Stroud, or Will Levis, the price might be too steep, leaving the Vikings hoping that someone falls.
Richardson has just enough red flags for that to happen, and if he’s within range, the Vikings should make their move.