4 rookie QBs Vikings should trade up for to replace Kirk Cousins

If Cousins doesn't return, the Vikings might be forced to swing a deal.

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2. Jayden Daniels, LSU

There are plenty of reasons to believe that LSU quarterback Jayden Daniels could end up being the best of his class. Sure, right now, he's the clear-cut no. 3 overall prospect at his position. But, his ceiling is ridiculously high.

In today's NFL, some of the best quarterbacks are ones who can both run and pass at a high level. You have guys like Lamar Jackson, Josh Allen, Jalen Hurts and even Patrick Mahomes (when he wants to) who can make plays with their legs.

Daniels is by far the best dual-threat this class has to offer, and he put up nearly 5,000 total yards this past season at LSU, en route to a Heisman Trophy. With over 3,800 passing yards and over 1,100 rushing yards, Daniels lit up SEC defenses as if it were his pastime. There's a reason he was holding that hardware at the end of the year.

If the Vikings want to add another dimension to their offense, Daniels could certainly do that. He's especially intriguing because of the Vikings' lack of rushing attack last year. It's an area Minnesota needs to improve, and Daniels would contribute from Day 1.

Minnesota would very likely have to trade up into the top five, if not the top three, in order to get Daniels.