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Exactly how hard would it be for the Vikings to replace Cousins? 

After Patrick Mahomes may have solidified his spot in the Hall of Fame after just two years as a starter, a lot of Vikings fans are hung up on the thought of a superstar quarterback. Despite Kirk Cousins having a top five season as a QB, fans are already looking toward the next big thing. So how hard exactly would it be to replace Cousins?

Well first we have to figure out what kind of player we want to replace him with. Any veteran player is out of the question, as it wouldn’t make sense to ditch a massive cap hit just to acquire another. Even if Minnesota did acquire a veteran there isn’t anyone available that would fill Kirk’s shoes. The list of available quarterbacks include Cam Newton, Andy Dalton, Philip Rivers, Teddy Bridgewater, and Case Keenum. With it being very unlikely to sign one of these players they will need to look ahead to the draft. 

The Chiefs moving up several draft spots to take a flyer on Patrick Mahomes is gonna be the talk of the off-season, but just how often does that work? If we take a look back at every draft from 2010-2019, there have only been six quarterbacks drafted that are significantly better than Kirk Cousins. That list includes: Andrew Luck, Deshaun Watson, Lamar Jackson, Patrick Mahomes, Nick Foles, and Russell Wilson. While many will say Foles isn’t better, his Superbowl ring lands him a slot on this list. There have been 117 quarterbacks drafted since 2010, including Cousins. This makes the going rate for a superstar quarterback sit at about 0.0512 or 5.1%. To make matters worse, these six guys came out of three drafts in total (2012, 2017, 2018). Meaning there is a seventy percent chance that an entire draft class wouldn’t even have a QB on the same level as Kirk Cousins. 

Once things are laid out in mathematical terms it seems like the Vikings have it pretty good. All this data does not mean the Vikings shouldn’t look for a QB of the future, but it does condemn trading away entire drafts for an unproven talent like Burrow or Tua. The Vikings will have to move on from Cousins at some point in time, but let’s all hope they do it the right way. 

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    • #55161
      VikingsTalkDeshawn
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      Exactly how hard would it be for the Vikings to replace Cousins?  After Patrick Mahomes may have solidified his spot in the Hall of Fame after ju
      [See the full post at: Can the Vikings move on from Cousins?]

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      puck1384Joe Johnson
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      The Chiefs moving up several draft spots to take a flyer on Patrick Mahomes is gonna be the talk of the off-season, but just how often does that work?

      Checkmate.

      That’s it right there.

      I just talked about this on KLGR radios the scoop.

      How often does that work in general let alone for a team that hasn’t developed a QB since Tommy Kramer?

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      KjoconKirby O’Connor
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      The answer, in my opinion is to take a high upside guy who fits the new style of the NFL like Jalen Hurts in the late second-early third. We would have to give up way to much to move up anything that would be a “sure thing” and even then, we would never get Burrows, and Tua is too much of a question mark for my taste. Maybe we could get Herbert, but I also have concerns with how Oregon took the reigns out of his hands.

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      TimTim
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      This is a tough one.

      Feels like we’ve painted ourselves in a corner.

      There’s always baseball?

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      Ben_LysoBen_Lyso
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      I also like Jalen and think he would be a very good selection for the Vikings. Either way the Vikings would be smart to draft a quarterback. If by the end of next year we don’t have any viable replacement for Cousins he will have all the leverage in contract negotiations and could command an inflated price tag.

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      NicholasDaherNicholasDaher
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      The better question is whether or not Joe J. can? Haha!

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      shoeless6Joe Oberle
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      Nicholas D has nailed it! That is exactly right. Lol! The only way he can is if the Vikings take a QB from the Big 10 and development him into a Super Bowl winner.

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        puck1384Joe Johnson
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        The weird thing is thAt that was ME commenting about myself via Nick’s account to test his ability to login.

        Vikesception!

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