One quarterback for the Vikings for every round of the 2023 NFL draft
The Minnesota Vikings need a quarterback of the future more than any other position. How they go about seelcting that player will show a lot about what the Vikings want to do.
There is a chance that the Vikings prioritize Kirk Cousins as their future at the position. If they do, a quarterback isn’t likely to be taken this year.
If they choose to take a quarterback of the future in April’s draft, they could do so at any time. Here are some quarterbacks that the Bears could target in each round.
1st round: Kentucky's Will Levis
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Levis is becoming more and more likely to be the fourth quarterback off the board in April’s draft. He is also slowly falling down draft boards, having been drafted in the teens in numerous mock drafts this past week. Head coach Kevin O’Connell has connections with the staff at Kentucky, notably offensive coordinator Liam Cohen. There will be a lot of connections with the Vikings and Levis until April’s draft.
3rd round: Stanford's Tanner McKee
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Despite playing for a Stanford program in disarray, McKee was a standout. Similar to his former teammate Davis Mills, McKee is a tall quarterback that deliers an accurate football to all levels of the field. His biggest struggle is under pressure. McKee is a traditional pocket passer that doesn’t move well either on bootlegs or scrambling. He’s a decent bet in round three, but you have to have a stout offensive line in front of him.
4th round: BYU's Jaren Hall
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A former baseball player, it’s evident when you watch Hall throw a football. He can launch it from any arm angle and throws the prettiest deep ball in the class. Hall can also run with effectiveness, but his issues are with his processing. It’s inconsistent and he sometimes panics under pressure. At 25 years old, he’s a risky bet, but the deep ball is excellent and worth a fourth-round pick.
5th round: Houston's Clayton Tune
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Tune is one of the more interesting quarterbacks in the class. He saw success at Houston running the run and shoot offense. Tune can make all the throws, make plays outside of structure and even run the ball a bit. Pair that with the ability to run the football when necessary. His decision making can be suspect at times, but some of that is due to the offense he runs. Tune is a player I would target in the middle rounds if they don’t take one early in the draft.
6th round: Shepard's Tyson Bagent
If you wand a true developmental quarterback with high traits, Bagent is the guy you want. The son of a 30-time arm wrestling champion, Bagent has all the physical ability. He has a cannon for an arm and can make the throws outside the numbers. He needs work though, as the struggles under pressure are there along with playing in a gimmicky offense. He may never be able to grow from playing in Division II, but the talent is there to be developed.
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