Vikings ‘pretty desperate’ to trade up for QB; should Pats make the move?

The New England Patriots, holding the third overall pick in the 2024 NFL Draft, are in a prime position to secure their next franchise quarterback. However, they could consider trading down, especially considering the needs of the Minnesota Vikings, who are also in the market for a QB after losing Kirk Cousins to free agency.

With the 11th overall pick, the Vikings are likely eyeing a move into the top five to secure a top quarterback prospect.

If the Patriots aren’t sold on top QB prospects like Jayden Daniels from LSU or Drake Maye from UNC, a trade with the Vikings could be beneficial. New England could still acquire a impact player at the 11th pick while selecting a second-tier QB such as J.J. McCarthy from Michigan, Michael Penix from Washington, or Bo Nix from Oregon.

According to Alec Lewis, a Vikings beat reporter for The Athletic, the Vikings are feeling the pressure to secure their quarterback of the future, especially after Cousins’ departure. The team’s general manager, Kwesi Adofo-Mensah, is likely to pursue every avenue to find the right fit. Additionally, the presence of star wide receiver Justin Jefferson adds to the urgency, as winning games is crucial for Jefferson’s aspirations of a successful career and the team’s desire to establish trust with ownership and the fanbase.

Lewis anticipates that the Vikings will engage in a significant trade to move up in the draft and address their quarterback needs.

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