Reason No. 3
Vikings should have plenty of young quarterbacks to choose from in 2024
With 2024 being such a strong draft class at the quarterback position, the Vikings don't have to force the issue or trade up and give up extra picks to get their guy. If they do want to get aggressive and go after Caleb Williams, it won't be easy, but his connection with Jordan Addison would be a factor to consider.
While Drake Maye is largely considered the second-best quarterback in the class, the Vikings need a true alpha competitor from this class, and that's where Shedeur Sanders, JJ McCarthy, and Michael Penix come into play.
Let's start with Sanders, a recent riser but a player who has been hyped as a potential NFL quarterback since his high school days. He's a pure pocket pass who can evade sacks and has the swagger, leadership, and demeanor to be the face of a franchise for a team that needs that sort of mentality.
If the Vikings wind up drafting in the 10-15 pick range in 2024, they should be within striking distance of Colorado's star quarterback, and it would be hard to pass up a future of Sanders, Jefferson, and Addison.
J.J. McCarthy has really impressed to start this season despite playing a weak schedule, and his leadership is hard to overlook. With Jim Harbaugh suspended, McCarthy stood up for his coach and kept his team focused, which was good to see from a player that is still trying to prove himself in this class.
Michael Penix is an interesting option because of the arm talent and the option to add a player he is comfortable with later in the draft. Jalen McMillan and Rome Odunze are both heading toward the NFL and could be Day 2 picks with familiarity with Penix if the Vikings were to want to go that route, though it is not necessary.
There will be options, and the conversation around the quarterbacks should not dissipate any time soon for the Vikings. 2024 is setting up to be the best chance to start over for Minnesota.