Vikings trade everything for a QB in 7 round NFL mock draft

Looking at the Minnesota Vikings prospects in the NFL Draft, there are a lot of different possible outcomes. Each one of them will depend on whether or not they can trade up for a quarterback. The one interesting thing about the discussion with a quarterback is Kwesi Adofo-Mensah’s comments from his pre-draft press conference about taking a quarterback.

“A lot of times evaluators can be a little one-track mind,” said Adofo-Mensah. This is the guy and nobody else. That’s not how it’s been. We’ve really come to appreciate how guys get to their answer a different way and I think that’s going to serve us well.”

Vikings make massive trade with New England for 3rd overall

The Vikings seem to like multiple quarterbacks enough to make a move and take in the first round. The question remains whether they will like one enough to make the move up into the top 5.

In our latest seven-round NFL mock draft, we take a look at the scenario of the Vikings trading up with the Patriots to get that quarterback.

3. North Carolina QB Drake Maye

Vikings trade 11, 23, 167 and 2025 first-round pick to the Patriots for pick 3

This is a massive swing for the Vikings, especially since they have to give up their first-round pick in 2025. Is it worth it? Only time will tell if it’s the right move, but it’s one I would make in a heartbeat.

Maye for my money is the best quarterback in the NFL Draft. He can attack all three levels of the field with an elite-level arm and thrives in playing the game like Superman. Now, he’s not a perfect prospect. His mechanics need some work and he drifts in the pocket a little too often. Now, some work in a pro-style system could likely fix all of that. 

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108. Louisville CB Jarvis Brownlee Jr.

There are positions that the Vikings need to address more than cornerback. However, taking talent will always be more important than selecting straight for need. Brownlee should be taken in round two with his aggressive nature in man coverage. He has excellent ball skills and mirrors routes effectively.

129. Kansas State G Cooper Beebe

The Vikings do have a glaring need at left guard with only Blake Brandel available to fill the hole for now. They could still add a player in free agency, including with Dalton Risner still unsigned. In this scenario, the Vikings get a versatile lineman in Beebe who has played some at tackle and center as well as guard. Regardless of what system you put Beebe in, he can thrive which will make him a good guard for what the Vikings want to do.

157. New Hampshire RB Dylan Laube

Running back is one of those needs for the Vikings where they don’t need one right now but could certainly use one in the future. This is where Laube is an intriguing option for the Vikings. He is an elite receiver for the position and has plenty of juice to succeed in the NFL. He can immediately help on third-down and special teams.

169. Miami FL S James Williams

Second-level defenders are a priority in today’s NFL. Not only that, defensive coordinator Brian Flores loves versatility. Williams is 6’4″ and 235 lbs while also having played safety for the Hurricanes. Rarely do safeties of that size make the transition to linebacker but it does give you opportunities to take advantage of situations.

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230. Wisconsin C Tanor Bortolini

The Vikings need to add depth on the offensive line and Bortolini is an intriguing prospect. He is hyper athletic with incredible quickness. However, there are strength concerns with him which is why he falls down to the seventh round.

232. Arizona TE Tanner McLachlan

Tight end isn’t a necessary position for the Vikings to add heading into the NFL Draft. However, if they were to get one, a high-upside receiver is a good bet to make. McLachlan thrived at Arizona and will need some time to acclimate to the NFL. However, the Vikings will have the ability to be patient with him.

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