6 ways the Vikings can avoid disaster in the 2024 offseason

Minnesota Vikings quarterback Kirk Cousins
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How the Vikings can avoid disaster No. 6

Don’t miss on a quarterback in the draft

This is easier said than done. Many teams have tried to draft a franchise quarterback, and nearly all of them have failed. Kwesi Adofo-Mensah even said it himself when he mentioned that the goal was to find Tom Brady or Mahomes, but it was difficult to find those players.

The best the Vikings can do is find the right quarterback in the draft, and that is an inexact science of its own.

Missing on a quarterback isn’t necessarily a death sentence, but it depends on the team that it happens to. The 49ers traded three first-round picks to select Trey Lance third overall in the 2021 draft, but Lance never panned out. San Francisco remained competitive, however, thanks to the strength of its roster and came within a rule book of winning the Super Bowl.

The biggest question for the Vikings is whether they’re a team that’s strong enough to have that happen. Minnesota has young stars in Jefferson, Darrisaw, and Jordan Addison, but they could also be ready to leave if the Vikings whiff on their next quarterback.

Then again, the Vikings already found themselves in this situation with Tarvaris Jackson in 2008 and quickly pivoted to have Brett Favre lead them to the NFC Championship Game in 2009. But Jackson was selected at the beginning of a rebuild in 2006, and the Vikings may not have time to sit through another failed signal caller.

This makes the quarterback decision the most critical of the offseason and one the Vikings have to hit on to avoid becoming a complete disaster.