New report could lead to Vikings getting desired QB in 2024 NFL Draft

Former LSU QB Jayden Daniels
Former LSU QB Jayden Daniels / Justin Ford/GettyImages

After they were recently able to acquire an additional first-round pick in this year's NFL Draft, many have expected that the Minnesota Vikings will be doing whatever they can to move up in the opening round to land one of the top 2024 quarterback prospects.

Potential trades with the Arizona Cardinals (for the No. 4 pick) and the Los Angeles Chargers (for the No. 5 pick) have been mentioned frequently as legitimate spots that the Vikings could potentially move up to in the first round. Some have even suggested the possibility of Minnesota working out a trade with the New England Patriots to acquire the third overall selection in this year's draft.

Most have assumed that the top two picks in the 2024 draft are unattainable for the Vikings, and while it seems that this is still the case for the No. 1 selection, a recent report indicates that the Washington Commanders could be open to trading the No. 2 pick in this year's draft.

Could the Minnesota Vikings acquire the No. 2 pick in the 2024 NFL Draft in a trade with the Washington Commanders?

The assumption for the last few weeks has been that the Chicago Bears will kick off the 2024 NFL Draft by selecting former USC quarterback Caleb Williams with the first overall pick, and then the Commanders would select either former LSU signal-caller Jayden Daniels or former North Carolina passer Drake Maye with the No. 2 pick.

However, ESPN's Jeremy Fowler revealed on Saturday that Washington is still considering all of their options with the second overall selection in April's draft, including possibly trading the pick to another team.

Fowler shared that the Commanders have been getting calls from other teams around the league about making a deal for the No. 2 pick, but obviously, nothing has been agreed to. The ESPN reporter also mentioned that most still believe Washington will stand pat in the first round and use their top selection on Daniels or Maye.

Still, it's very intriguing that this report is coming out with more than a month left until the start of the 2024 draft.

The chances still seem to be low, but it now seems possible that we could see Minnesota make a trade to acquire the second overall selection in this year's NFL Draft from the Commanders.

It's important to note that the Vikings might have an advantage over some of the other teams that could be interested in trading for the pick, as Minnesota general manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah and Washington general manager Adam Peters both worked together in the San Francisco 49ers front office from 2017 to 2019.

If the Vikings were able to land this pick, not only would they be guaranteed to land one of the top 2024 quarterback prospects, but they would basically get to pick whoever they wanted between Daniels, Maye, and J.J. McCarthy.

It would certainly take a significant offer for Minnesota to acquire the No. 2 pick, as they would likely have to part with both of their selections in this year's first round, their first-round pick in 2025, and possibly their first-round pick in 2026 as well.

Is that the kind of deal the Vikings are willing to make in order to land the second overall selection from Washington? Well, if it results in Minnesota winding up with their next franchise quarterback, no one will really care what it took to acquire that player.

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