Do the Vikings have a secret target in the 2024 NFL Draft?

Former LSU QB Jayden Daniels
Former LSU QB Jayden Daniels / Jonathan Bachman/GettyImages

During the last few weeks, the Minnesota Vikings have spent a bunch of their time meeting with some of the top quarterback prospects who will be available in the upcoming 2024 NFL Draft.

Many have connected the Vikings to Drake Maye, J.J. McCarthy, Michael Penix Jr., and even Bo Nix. Few have laid out a scenario that results in Caleb Williams or Jayden Daniels landing with Minnesota during this year's NFL Draft, as most assume both of these young signal-callers will be off of the board following the first two picks in the opening round.

Recently, however, there have been some rumors floating around that Daniels would prefer not to be drafted by the Washington Commanders, who currently hold the No. 2 pick in the first round. So, is it possible that the former LSU quarterback could find himself getting to continue to wear a purple and gold uniform after the first day of next week's draft?

Have the Minnesota Vikings been secretly targeting Jayden Daniels heading into the 2024 NFL Draft?

Earlier this month, KSTP's Darren Wolfson shared that Daniels "would love" to get drafted by the Vikings this year. To be fair, though, any of the top 2024 quarterback prospects would likely love to join a team whose No. 1 wide receiver is Justin Jefferson.

Still, it was an interesting piece of information that Wolfson shared.

That brings us to Friday, where Wolfson revealed on Twitter that all of Minnesota's "decision-makers" and Daniels met on Thursday.

It was originally reported that the Vikings were going to meet with the former LSU quarterback over dinner on Thursday, according to NFL Media's Tom Pelissero. However, according to Wolfson, Minnesota and Daniels decided to skip the dinner plans and had a "nice meeting" instead.

Could Daniels actually be the quarterback prospect that the Vikings are attempting to land next week?

Adding intrigue to this possibility is the fact that BetMGM's latest odds for who Washington will draft with the No. 2 pick this year have dropped for Daniels and increased for Maye since Thursday.

Many still believe the former LSU passer will wind up getting drafted by the Commanders next week, but a number of mock drafts from the last few days also have Daniels landing with Minnesota in the opening round of this year's draft.

Is Daniels being selected by Washington with the No. 2 pick no longer as big of a guarantee as some previously thought? If this is the case, could the Vikings figure out a way to trade up in the first round next week to draft him?

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