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Vikings would have drafted Justin Fields at No.14

5/7/2021 6:06:59 PM
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The Minnesota Vikings were prepared to draft Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields if he fell to the team at No.14-overall according to Courtney Cronin of

Minnesota kept a close eye on Fields as he slipped out of the top five. Cronin said they would have drafted the Ohio State QB if he had fallen another three picks. Instead, their NFC North rivals the Chicago Bears traded up to snag him at No.11 and the Vikings drafted Texas A&M QB Kellen Mond with the 66th pick early in the third round. The Star Tribune's Ben Goessling said the team's interest in Fields and their drafting of Mond "suggests they're thinking toward the future at precisely the moment Kirk Cousins' cap number is set to cross $30 million for the first time."

The 32-year-old Cousins  is signed through the 2022 season and is in no immediate danger of losing his job to Mond, who is widely considered a raw prospect. But with Cousins slated to account for 20 percent of the Vikings' payroll in 2022 on a team that "wants to operate with a prominent running back and keep high-dollar defensive players," keeping Cousins next season might prove difficult.  Mond's rushing ability could make him an interesting fantasy option were he to see playing time in 2021 and the Vikings might consider designing some specific plays for him in the mode of Taysom Hill.

If Fields pans out as a franchise QB in Chicago, the Vikings will likely bitterly regret not making a move of their own to trade up for him instead of having to face him twice per season for the next decade.

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