Quarterbacks were the talk of the 2021 NFL Draft given a deep class at the position. Five QBs went in the first round alone, though several talented prospects were taken after that, including QB Kellen Mond, who went to the Minnesota Vikings near the top of Round 3.
The Vikings had no major QB need with Kirk Cousins at quarterback. They still addressed depth at the position with a fairly highly-rated QB prospect in Mond. The Vikings are looking for a backup quarterback to emerge as a quality replacement in case of injury to Cousins this season.
Here's a look at the Vikings updated QB depth chart for 2021.
Vikings QB Depth Chart 2021
1. Kirk Cousins
Cousins remains underrated among media members, but he's not underpaid. His $21 million base salary for 2021 was part of a two-year extension signed to his previous three-year, $84 million deal from 2018. Cousins' 2020 production was his best in three years for the Vikings. He put up 4,265 yards at 8.3 yards per pass attempt with 35 TD passes and 13 interceptions.
2. Kellen Mond
Kellen Mond is the Vikings newest addition as the No. 66 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft. NBC Sports NFL analyst Chris Simms, a former NFL quarterback, had Mond as the fourth-ranked QB on his position rankings, putting him ahead of No. 3 overall pick Trey Lance and No. 11 overall pick Justin Fields. The 6-foot 3 QB has the ability to be the type of dual-threat player that's all the rage. Mond holds the Texas A&M all-time program records for career passing yards (9,661) and TDs (71). He racked up 11,270 yards of total offense throughout his career, which is tied for the sixth-best mark in SEC history.
3. Jake Browning
Jake Browning was an undrafted free agent in 2019. He re-signed this offseason after serving time on the Vikings practice squad last year. The former Washington Husky left college holding several career and single-season offensive records, including Washington's career passing yards (12,296), career passing TDs (94) and single-season passing TDs (43).
4. Nate Stanley
Nate Stanley was a 2020 seventh-round pick of the Vikings. He also re-signed this offseason after spending 2020 on the practice squad. Stanley was a three-year starter at Iowa and passed for 8,297 yards and 68 touchdowns –– both second all time for the Hawkeyes.
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