It is obvious that the Minnesota Vikings will be looking for a new quarterback between now and the beginning of the 2014 season. There is a candidate out there that just might fit the bill and it would only cost the team a second-round pick. There are reports out of Washington saying that the Redskins would like a second-round pick in return for Kirk Cousins. This development brings about a simple question. Do the Vikings trade the No. 40 overall pick for Cousins?
Cousins played in five games in 2013 for the Redskins, throwing for 854 yards while having four touchdowns and seven interceptions. The other quarterback on the Minnesota roster right now, Christian Ponder, played in eight games and threw seven touchdowns to go with nine interceptions. The difference is that Ponder was in his third year with the team while Cousins was the backup in Washington and only got in when Robert Griffin III was benched.
Cousins looked great in place of Griffin during the 2012 regular season but last season’s failures have to bring up questions on whether or not he would be right for the Vikings. He is the same age as Ponder being 25 years old but Ponder actually completed more of his passes than Cousins did in 2013. That is why it may be tough to convince a Vikings fan base that is looking to make a playoff run in the final years of Adrian Peterson’s career that making a move for Cousins is the right idea.
The team may be better served using that second round pick on a young quarterback like Jimmy Garoppolo with all the other holes they have. It may take a new rookie quarterback to get the team on the right track. Cousins is good on the surface for many but doesn’t look like the right fit in Minnesota. The price tag is likely too high as well and the Vikings would likely be better off trying to jump back into the first round for a quarterback instead of jumping at Cousins. There is still a month until free agency starts so the trade and free agent winds and talks will continue well into March leading up to the NFL Draft in May.