Day 3 dandies? Developmental QB possibilities for Minnesota Vikings

The Vikings might be looking for a development quarterback to be a backup in the future. Here are some of the Day 3 possibilities in the draft.

The Minnesota Vikings believe they are set with Teddy Bridgewater as their starter, but veteran backup Shaun Hill is in the final year of his contract and Taylor Heinicke has yet to prove anything as a young one waiting in the wings.

The Vikings aren’t going to be drafting a quarterback early, but they could look at the possibilities in Day 3 to groom another backup.

These are some quick thumbnails on what these players bring to the table. You may not know them now, but you might be getting to know one of them as a Viking after the final rounds of the draft on Saturday.

Vernon Adams, Oregon, 5-11, 200 – A versatile passer/runner who is undersized but likely will be given a chance to be a developmental QB for some team.

Jake Coker, Alabama, 6-6, 236 – He has prototypical size but needs a lot of refinement on his mechanics because he holds the ball too long. His size will get him a roster spot somewhere, but he will need to improve to stick.

Brandon Doughty, Western Kentucky, 6-2¾, 213 – A sixth-year senior and three-year starter who has some good intangibles, his age, funky throwing motion and durability questions will keep him on the board for a long time.

Jeff Driskel, Louisiana Tech, 6-4, 234 – A former Florida transfer who has the ability to compete for a backup spot, but his lack of arm strength will scare off some teams.

Cody Kessler, USC, 6-1¼, 220 – A three-year starter in a pro-style offense for a power school, he will get drafted, but his lack of arm strength will be a concern. He has football intelligence, having played for five different coaches in his college career.

Jake Rudock, Michigan, 6-3, 199 – A three-year starter who showed steady improvement, good timing and accuracy, but he isn’t an elite athlete and will need time to develop.

Nate Sudfeld, Indiana, 6-6¼, 234 – A three-year starter who has a big arm and set many Indiana school records. He is viewed as a developmental project, but he has a lot of upside.



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