PFF Mock Draft Has the Vikings Taking… Two QBs?

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The hope of many Minnesota Vikings fans is that the team will select their QB of the future in eight days.

But what if the Vikings throw the rulebook out the window and decide to take two quarterbacks next weekend? That is precisely the scenario that Sam Monson of Pro Football Focus laid out in his latest two-round 2024 NFL mock draft.

Could the Vikings Draft Two QBs?

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Mar 26, 2024; Orlando, FL, USA; Minnesota Vikings head coach Kevin O’Connell speaks to the media during the NFL annual league meetings at the JW Marriott. Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck-USA TODAY Sports

Let’s start in the first round. Rather than giving up both of their first-round picks to move into the top five for a QB, Monson has the Vikings patiently waiting and watching as Drake Maye slides down the board all the way to the ninth overall pick.

Then, Minnesota swoops in with a trade that sent the Chicago Bears, a division rival, Nos. 11 and 108 in exchange for No. 9 in order to draft Maye, who has been their preference in the draft, according to ESPN’s Adam Schefter.

“There were reports that Drake Maye is the quarterback the Minnesota Vikings covet, and that lines up nicely for them if he starts to slide as more and more concerns crop up with his game. In this scenario, Minnesota jumps up only two spots to ensure they get their guy and ward off teams behind them looking to jump in front,” Monson wrote.

Nov 11, 2023; Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA; North Carolina Tar Heels quarterback Drake Maye (10) looks to pass in the first quarter at Kenan Memorial Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

According to Monson, it’s a possibility that the Vikings won’t stop there, though. Rather than sticking at No. 23, Minnesota swings another trade with the New England Patriots to move a bit down the board, acquiring Nos. 34 and 68.

Instead of grabbing a top defender with that No. 34 pick, though, the Vikings opt to take another quarterback, selecting Michael Penix out of Washington. Here is how Monson defends the outlandish decision:

“General manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah has a finance background, which means diversifying and hedging. Minnesota shocks the NFL by selecting quarterbacks in the first and second.”

As far as I can tell, the only time a team has selected a quarterback with each of their top two picks occurred in 1971 when the Houston Oilers selected Dan Pastorini with the third overall pick before also taking Lynn Dickey at No. 56. Pastorini went on to spend nine seasons in Houston, making a Pro Bowl in 1975. Meanwhile, Dickey was his backup for four years before going on to have a successful career of his own with the Green Bay Packers.

Jan 1, 2024; New Orleans, LA, USA; Washington Huskies quarterback Michael Penix Jr. (9) runs the ball during the fourth quarter against the Texas Longhorns in the 2024 Sugar Bowl college football playoff semifinal game at Caesars Superdome. Mandatory Credit: John David Mercer-USA TODAY Sports

As a result, such an outcome would certainly shock the NFL world and could cause a logistical nightmare for the Vikings. Minnesota would essentially guarantee that one of their top-50 picks would rarely see the field.

Not to mention, the Vikings have also signed Sam Darnold in free agency, and they also have to think about the futures of both Jaren Hall and Nick Mullens in the franchise. Overall, it seems very unlikely that this result will play out, but hey, it’s the NFL Draft. Anything is possible.

Editor’s Note: Information from Pro Football Reference helped with this article.

Josh Frey is a Class of 2020 graduate of The College of Idaho and managing editor of When he’s not writing about the NFL, Josh enjoys running, gaming, or rooting for the Milwaukee Brewers and Bucks. Check out his Twitter account: @Freyed_Chicken.