With their first-round pick in next year's 2024 NFL Draft, Yahoo Sports has the Minnesota Vikings selecting current LSU quarterback Jayden Daniels.
With Kirk Cousins currently scheduled to become a free agent after the 2023 season, the Minnesota Vikings are one of a number of teams that could potentially use their top pick in next year's 2024 NFL Draft on a quarterback.
If things go how Yahoo Sports' Nate Tice believes they might, then that is exactly what the Vikings will be doing during the 2024 draft.
In a recent 2024 mock draft shared by Tice, he has Minnesota using their first-round pick to select current LSU quarterback Jayden Daniels.
Could Jayden Daniels be the next Minnesota Vikings franchise quarterback?
Considering how intriguing the Vikings' offense has become during the last few weeks with a more mobile quarterback under center in Josh Dobbs, Daniels winding up in purple and gold next year is definitely believable.
At 6-foot-3 and 185 pounds, Daniels' frame is a little smaller than the typical NFL starting quarterback. But what he lacks in size, he makes up for in skill, especially ever since he transferred to LSU in 2022.
In 25 games at LSU since the start of the 2022 season, Daniels has completed 70.3 percent of his passes for 6,490 yards (259.6 per contest), 53 touchdowns, and just seven interceptions while also rushing for 1,899 yards (76 per matchup) and another 21 scores.
So in less than two full seasons at the school, the young quarterback prospect has accounted for a grand total of 74 touchdowns. For someone who plays their games in arguably the toughest conference in college football, what Daniels has been able to do in an LSU uniform is nothing short of impressive.
With Minnesota unlikely to have a high enough first-round pick in 2024 to select USC's Caleb Williams or North Carolina's Drake Maye, could Daniels be the quarterback prospect they attempt to land with their top pick next spring?