Vikings Rumors: Minnesota's desire to trade up in 2024 NFL Draft is not a secret

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The Minnesota Vikings seem to have their eyes on moving up from the No. 11 pick in the 2024 NFL Draft, and the rest of the league has been taking notice.

There's still a chance that the Minnesota Vikings could re-sign Kirk Cousins this offseason, but even if they do, the team's focus seems to be on the future when it comes to the quarterback position.

This year's Senior Bowl took place on Saturday, and before that, a number of practices were held where teams around the NFL had the opportunity to get a closer look at some of the prospects who will be available in the 2024 NFL Draft in April.

During the game and those few days of practices, ESPN's Jeremy Fowler was told that "people around the league are keeping an eye on" the Vikings as a team that could attempt to trade up from pick No. 11 in the 2024 draft in order to select one of the top quarterback prospects.

Vikings Rumors: Who could Minnesota trade with to move up in the 2024 NFL Draft?

If Minnesota wants to guarantee they will land one of the top three quarterbacks in this year's draft (Caleb Williams, Drake Maye, Jayden Daniels), then they will probably need to acquire one of the first three picks in the opening round.

The Vikings trading with the Chicago Bears for the No. 1 overall selection seems highly unlikely since both teams are in the NFC North, and the Bears would be incredibly foolish to allow a division rival to potentially draft a franchise quarterback they would have to deal with every season for the next 10 years or more.

Minnesota making a deal with the Washington Commanders for the No. 2 pick in this year's draft has a higher chance than the Vikings acquiring the No. 1 selection from Chicago.

Still, the Commanders also need a new quarterback, so it would be odd for them to trade back and miss out on one of the top three passers. So, unless something changes during the next few weeks, Minnesota probably isn't going to complete a deal for the No. 2 pick anytime soon either.

That leaves the New England Patriots at pick No. 3

Some believe the Patriots have too many other holes on their roster, especially on offense, to use their top pick on a quarterback who won't really have much help in 2024.

If New England is more interested in acquiring additional draft selections from this year and beyond to build up their entire roster, then the Vikings could be a team they might be willing to trade with.

One thing is for sure: this is going to be one of the most intriguing offseasons for Minnesota in a long time.

So, buckle up.