Playing for Vikings rumored to be a 'dream' scenario for top 2024 QB prospect

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During the last few weeks leading up to the 2024 NFL Draft, Drake Maye and J.J. McCarthy are the two quarterback prospects that have been linked to the Minnesota Vikings the most. Many believe one of these two young passing prospects will end up with the Vikings by the time the first round of this year's draft comes to a close.

Despite all the connections that have recently been made with Maye and McCarthy, there's still a legitimate chance that Minnesota could end up with neither player, and they select a different quarterback prospect on Thursday.

Former LSU signal-caller Jayden Daniels is among the group of possible selections in the opening round of this year's NFL Draft for the Vikings. Many have assumed that the Washington Commanders will use the No. 2 pick on Daniels, but some recent rumblings hint that the team and first-year general manager Adam Peters could prefer one of the other young quarterbacks.

Jayden Daniels reportedly believes playing for the Minnesota Vikings would be a "dream world" scenario

If things go completely nuts on Thursday and Minnesota somehow finds a way to select Daniels in the first round of the 2024 NFL Draft, the former LSU quarterback reportedly won't be the least bit sad about it.

According to The Athletic's Diana Russini on Thursday, Daniels has reportedly told others that in his "dream world," he would get drafted by the Vikings on Thursday and get to play "under [head coach] Kevin O'Connell in Minnesota."

Russini also shared that the Las Vegas Raiders would also be a team that the former LSU quarterback would love to end up with this week in his "dream world."

Daniels is one of the most intriguing passing prospects in the 2024 draft pool. He had a pretty mediocre college career between 2019 and 2022 while splitting time between Arizona State and LSU. But then in 2023, he exploded, throwing for more than 315 yards per game and tossing a total of 40 touchdown passes while also rushing for 1,134 yards and another 10 scores.

During the last few months, teams around the NFL, including the Vikings, have been attempting to figure out if what he did out on the field last season with LSU is going to be the norm for him moving forward. With Daniels being projected to be selected as high as No. 2 in this year's draft, it seems like pretty much everyone is a believer in him continuing to play at a high level.

Will he end up with the Commanders on Thursday like most think he will, or will he wind up getting to live out his "dream world" scenario by getting drafted by Minnesota?

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