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Report: Teams 'keeping an eye' on Vikings to move up in draft

ESPN reported Minnesota could target a QB high in the draft.

The buzz from the Senior Bowl is that the Vikings are worth “keeping an eye on” to trade up from the No. 11 pick in the NFL draft to select their quarterback of the future, according to ESPN’s Jeremy Fowler.

Fowler reported that most people in Mobile, Ala., for the Senior Bowl expect the Chicago Bears to select Caleb Williams with the No. 1 overall pick, leaving the Washington Commanders and New England Patriots at No. 2 and No. 3, respectively, the ability to control who moves up in the draft. 

While Fowler noted that both of those teams might take a quarterback as they're both in the market for one themselves, his sources think the Las Vegas Raiders (No. 13) and Vikings are two teams that could move up for the right quarterback.

He reported that the Vikings did a lot of homework on the quarterback prospects last season and wouldn’t be surprised if they move up with the uncertainty surrounding the future of Kirk Cousins, who’s due to be a free agent in March. But if the Vikings wanted to move into the top three of the draft, Fowler wrote it would cost general manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah “a ton of draft capital.”

Whether the Vikings move up remains to be seen. And there may not be an answer until the first night of the NFL draft on April 25. 

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