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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3. Drake Maye, North Carolina

Here is where some of the draft experts out there will begin to argue. Over the last year or so, Drake Maye had been looked at as the no. 2 quarterback in his class. Although, some are now firmly aboard the QB1 train.

The 6-foot-4 Maye is your prototypical quarterback build. He has a very similar frame to the Bills' Josh Allen, weighing in at 232 pounds. And, he has a similar knack for making plays with his legs when need be. Over his time with the Tar Heels, Maye rushed for 1,209 yards and averaged 4.0 yards per carry.

As a passer, he throws with the velocity you want to see from an NFL quarterback. He looks the part. His throwing motion and release definitely looks the part, too. It's polished. He has a wide range of motion, too, being able to make more difficult throws when under durress. His mobility allows for him to be successful, there, too.

While he's shifty in the pocket, Maye doesn't get scared. He will stand in the pocket, go through his reads and deliver strikes when he knows he has the time. He won't create many problems by himself, like some of the more mobile quarterbacks tend to do in today's league.

As a Viking, Maye could have plenty of success right away. He'd be a perfect fit for O'Connell's offense, especially considering the weapons in Minnesota.

It would cost quite a bit to move up to no. 2, though.