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3 Potential Successors for Kirk Cousins the Minnesota Vikings Could Take in 2021 NFL Draft

Max Staley
The Minnesota VIkings could look to draft Kirk Cousins' successor in the 2021 NFL Draft.
The Minnesota VIkings could look to draft Kirk Cousins' successor in the 2021 NFL Draft. / Rey Del Rio/Getty Images

The Kirk Cousins era has been up and down for the Minnesota Vikings. The team has missed the postseason in two of his three seasons at the helm, bottoming out with a 7-9 finish in 2020. It's unfair to place all of the blame on Cousins' shoulders, particularly last season, as Minnesota's defense fell apart in 2020 while Cousins has been an above-average passer in pretty much every category.

Still, one trip to the playoffs is not what the Vikings were hoping for considering the record-breaking contract they inked him to.

Armed with 11 picks, including seven in the first four rounds, it's not a stretch to think Minnesota could spend a mid-round pick on a quarterback in the 2021 NFL Draft. Here are three players Minnesota could target as a potential successor for Cousins.

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3. Jamie Newman, Wake Forest Demon Deacons

Jamie Newman has all the talent in the world, but his stock is going to take a hit because he opted out of the 2020 season due to concerns about the pandemic. He put some very intriguing tape on film the last time we saw him play, though. Playing for the Wake Forest Demon Deacons, he threw for 2,868 yards and 26 touchdowns to 11 interceptions while adding 574 rushing yards and 6 TDs on the ground. He's a bit more on the developmental side, but he could really benefit from learning behind Cousins.

2. Kyle Trask, Florida Gators

Picking at No. 14, the Vikings won't have a shot at one of the top-five passers in this class, barring a Brady Quinn-like fall. While No. 14 is probably too soon to take Trask, Minnesota has more than enough picks to package to move up into the second round. The Vikes have two third-round picks and a whopping four fourth-round picks. And it's not hard to see a team convincing itself that Trask is the guy. He was arguably the most productive QB in the NCAA last year, throwing for 4,283 yards with 43 TDs to 8 INTs. If he's there with a mid-second-round pick, don't be surprised to see Minnesota make a move.

1. Davis Mills, Stanford Cardinal

Davis Mills is one of the buzziest quarterbacks in the class. He's obviously not one of those five top-tier passers, but he's in the next rung down, alongside names like Trask and Kellen Mond. Of those three, Mills feels the most likely to fall. But don't think that means this guy isn't talented. Mills was a highly-touted high school prospect, and it's not hard to see why. Physically, this guy has all the tools you'd want in a pro-style passer. He never totally reached his potential at Stanford, but there's a lot to like about his game. Armed with two third-round picks, don't be surprised to see Minnesota use one on Mills if he falls, or make a slight move up the board.

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Max Staley is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Max Staley also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username mstaley1212. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.