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Three reasons the Vikings should select J.J. McCarthy in the 2024 NFL Draft

The Vikings are looking to the 2024 NFL Draft to select their quarterback of the future.

What actions will the Vikings take in the upcoming draft to address the quarterback position? Following the loss of starting quarterback Kirk Cousins to the Atlanta Falcons in free agency, it is evident that they need to make a significant move at the position.

Referring to Cousins’ departure as a loss might not be appropriate or truthful. Even though Cousins had an amazing career with the Vikings, the team had trouble winning games against top-tier opponents while he was starting quarterback.

Both head coach Kevin O’Connell and general manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah seemed to appreciate and respect him in the Minnesota locker room. But Cousins signed a four-year, $180 million contract with the Falcons, and it seems the Vikings did not believe he was worth that much money.

 

For the 2024 season, the Vikings have signed veteran Sam Darnold to fill the QB1 position, but there isn’t much evidence to suggest that he will be the team’s long-term solution. Though Darnold has had a few good performances throughout his career and inked a one-year, $10 million contract with the Vikings, he has not shown season-long consistency.

Vikings prepared to select a quarterback in the draft

Up to six quarterbacks might be selected in the first round of this draft, making it a quarterback-heavy class. It is almost a given that Caleb Williams will be selected by the Chicago Bears with the first overall choice in the draft. Since the start of the 2023 college football season, the USC quarterback has been regarded as the best player available in the draft.

However, if Jayden Daniels of LSU or Drake Maye of North Carolina declares, the Vikings might have an opportunity to jump to the No. 2 or 3 spot. The Vikings may be able to work out a deal with the Washington Commanders of the New England Patriots if they exchange their first-round selections, which are now ranked No. 11 and 23. They may also be able to acquire another selection, perhaps a 2025 or 2026 first-round pick.

 

Giving up first-round draft picks over a number of seasons, though, seems like a big risk for any team that agrees to make this transaction. First-round quarterbacks have no assurances that they will succeed at the next level, no matter how good they appear before being chosen.

The Vikings should have access to J.J. McCarthy.

The Vikings might move up to the No. 4 or 5 position by dealing their two first-round draft selections if they are unwilling to take a major risk by trading for the No. 2 or 3 pick. The Los Angeles Chargers hold the No. 5 pick, while the Arizona Cardinals hold the No. 4 pick. It appears quite probable that one of those two clubs will agree to a deal that would advance the Vikings and give them two first-round picks.

The three quarterbacks with the highest ratings are Michael Penix of Washington, Bo Nix of Oregon, and J.J. McCarthy of Michigan, after Williams, Daniels, and Maye. McCarthy seems to be the strongest of the three, thus it’s likely that he’ll be chosen over Penix or Nix.

 

Despite coming from a less passing-heavy scheme at Michigan, he excelled in all of the team’s major games and aced every assignment that was given to him. In the previous two seasons, he guided the Wolverines to the College Football Playoffs, and the previous season, he assisted the team in winning the national championship.

McCarthy’s principal abilities and benefits

McCarthy’s 2023 completion percentage of 72.3 indicates his excellent accuracy. With four interceptions and 22 touchdown passes for 2,991 yards, he completed 240 of 332 passes. In 2022, he completed 208 of 322 passes for 2,719 yards and had a 22-5 touchdown to interception ratio. His figures were remarkably comparable. During those two seasons, in addition to his passing totals, he also scored eight touchdowns on the ground.

He is able to read fortifications and discern how they are meant to neutralize the attack. It is thought that he is as capable of doing this as any quarterback available in this selection.

The Vikings and other NFL teams are more pleased by McCarthy’s ability to perform well under duress than they are by those excellent figures. McCarthy is expected to succeed in pivotal situations and guide his team to victories that they were unable to achieve with Cousins at the quarterback position, despite the fact that he may not possess Cousins’ level of accuracy or passing ability.

McCarthy may prove to be the quarterback the Vikings need in terms of accuracy, defensive reading, and intangibles. These three factors combined make him a potential first-round pick for the Vikings in the 2024 NFL Draft.

 

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