According to ESPN’s Courtney Cronin, the Minnesota Vikings were preparing to take Fields if he fell to them with their original No. 14 overall pick. Per the report, they were ready to take a top quarterback if one fell into their laps, but not at the expense of draft capital.
“They wanted one of the top quarterbacks, but they weren’t desperate enough to give up that kind of draft capital for a player who would be sitting behind Cousins for at least a year,” Cronin wrote. “But Fields was the guy for Minnesota, and the team was prepared to take him if he had been there at No. 14 and begin a process of shifting course.”
Minnesota was apparently upset at losing out on Fields and wound up trading down with the New York Jets. They ended up taking Virginia Tech offensive tackle Christian Darrisaw.
The Vikings were eyeing Justin Fields and the way the board was falling, they thought they were going to have him. A look at how a move that would’ve altered the course at QB played out and how Minnesota changed course w/ Kellen Mond. https://t.co/RIup59Hm4f
— Courtney Cronin (@CourtneyRCronin) May 3, 2021
But the Vikings didn’t leave the draft empty-handed at the QB position. They ended up taking Texas A&M QB Kellen Mond in the third round. It was the highest the Vikings had drafted one since Teddy Bridgewater in 2014.
Unfortunately for the Vikings, they’ll now have to face the QB they wanted several times a year for the foreseeable future.
Will Justin Fields make the Vikings regret not trading up to take him?
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