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Do The Minnesota Vikings Need To Draft A Quarterback?

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With so much uncertainty at the position, should the Vikings look at taking a signal caller?

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Will Taylor and Teddy be around for long?
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Earlier today, we took a look at the quarterback depth chart for the Minnesota Vikings as it stands at the present time. Now that we know who the Vikings have, it’s time to potentially look at whether or not the purple need to draft a new signal caller at some point in the 2017 NFL Draft.

There are some out there with greater football minds than mine that advocate for a theory that suggest you should draft a quarterback every year in the hopes of developing someone for the long-term. While I’m not sure that I could get behind the idea of drafting a quarterback every season, there’s a little bit of merit behind that theory. It is the most important position on the field, after all, and if you can get someone in the late rounds that happens to blossom into a franchise-caliber signal caller, it opens up a lot of options for you down the track.

With that in mind, and given the state of the quarterback position for the Vikings (as well as the other needs the team has), I think we might see this team take a flier on a late-round quarterback.

Obviously, the Vikings aren’t looking for a starter out of this draft, as Sam Bradford is in the top spot at the present time and Teddy Bridgewater is waiting in the wings whenever his recovery is complete. It wouldn’t appear that they desperately need someone at the backup position, either, with Case Keenum there now and either Bradford or Bridgewater in that role when #5 returns.

In terms of a third-string/developmental sort of quarterback, however, it wouldn’t be surprising to see the Vikings draft someone to compete with. . .and potentially unseat. . .current third-stringer Taylor Heinicke. Heinicke saw some preseason action as a rookie, but has not taken a snap in any sort of game action since the last game of the 2015 preseason. While the Vikings might like him at this point, they could also use someone to potentially push him or even serve as an upgrade.

I don’t think the Vikings will use any of their current Day 2 picks on a quarterback, but I’d be surprised if they didn’t try to grab someone on Day 3. There will be plenty of long-term developmental types available on Draft Saturday, and the Vikings could probably find someone they like.

Who are some of the quarterbacks that might be available on Day 3 of the 2017 NFL Draft? Well, we’ll look at some of them here in a bit. But what do you think? Do you think the Vikings need to draft a quarterback at some point on draft weekend?

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Should the Minnesota Vikings draft a quarterback in the 2017 NFL Draft?

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  • 43%
    No, Taylor Heinicke is fine and this team has too many other needs.
    (609 votes)
  • 5%
    Yes, and they should grab one as early as they can.
    (71 votes)
  • 31%
    Yes, but they can wait until the late rounds to get one.
    (443 votes)
  • 20%
    No, but they should see if they can find one as an undrafted free agent.
    (292 votes)
1415 votes total Vote Now