The Minnesota Vikings may emerge from the draft with their quarterback of the longer term, and there’s an neglected prospect they’ll completely get.
The Minnesota Vikings are heading right into a pivotal season in 2021. One other non-playoff season could (and may?) price head coach Mike Zimmer and normal supervisor Rick Spielman their jobs. Quarterback Kirk Cousins is under contract through 2022, albeit with a path to commerce him subsequent offseason if issues go that means.
Because the Vikings take into account their quarterback depth chart past Cousins, they’ll’t be impressed by Nate Stanley, Jake Browning or the prospect of re-signing Sean Mannion. Cousins has by no means missed a begin as a consequence of damage, but when he had been to be injured, the 2021 season can be over from a aggressive standpoint.
So the thought of the Vikings drafting somebody like Kellen Mond or Kyle Trask is a stable one. However with no second-round choose proper now, a shift towards in a while Day 2 or Day 3 to draft a quarterback is unquestionably attainable.
An neglected Day 3 quarterback prospect the Vikings ought to goal
One of many notable quarterback transfers in faculty soccer a yr in the past was Jamie Newman going from Wake Forest to Georgia. With a looming proving floor of SEC competitors and a pro-style offense, it was simple to see him as a possible first-round choose.
However Newman opted out of the 2020 season as a consequence of COVID-19 issues. Thus, with a mix of others rising and having not been seen on a area of any variety apart from the Senior Bowl recently, Newman is now a Day 3 draft prospect.
Newman threw for greater than 2,800 yards and accomplished nearly 61 percent of his passes for Wake Forest in 2019 (26 touchdowns and 11 interceptions), together with 574 speeding yards and 6 touchdowns on the bottom. With dimension (6-foot-4, 230 kilos), arm power and mobility, he appears like a moldable prototype for the trendy NFL.
Pro Football Focus’ Anthony Treash has Newman on his listing of 10 undervalued draft prospects. Right here’s a few of what he wrote in regards to the Wake Forest/Georgia product:
“In 2019, no quarterback in faculty soccer needed to throw the next price of their passes into a decent or closing window, but he ranked second to solely Joe Burrow in PFF passing grade on such throws. His downfield ball placement was additionally distinctive, serving to him produce the Energy 5’s second-highest deep passing grade.”
Wherever he lands, Newman will want a yr to refine his sport. Within the fourth spherical, the place they presently have 4 picks and three inside a 20-pick span, the Vikings ought to take the leap and guess on the upside of somebody who may need been a first-round choose if 2020 had been regular.