Only eight days remain until the 2024 NFL Draft, where the Minnesota Vikings’ future will be shaped.

The Vikings are expected to target a quarterback in the draft, likely through a trade to secure a top-five pick. Potential trade targets include Drake Maye, Jayden Daniels, J.J. McCarthy, and Michael Penix Jr. Opinions on the best course of action vary, but it’s clear that the Vikings must come out of the draft with a quarterback.

Dane Brugler’s 7-round 2024 NFL mock draft

Brugler is a respected NFL Draft analyst, known for his detailed scouting reports. In his mock draft, the Vikings trade up to secure a quarterback and make interesting moves on day three.

4. Michigan QB J.J. McCarthy

The Vikings trade picks Nos. 11 and 23, along with a 2025 third-round pick, to the Cardinals for No. 4.

McCarthy is seen as a great fit for the Vikings’ offense, showcasing strong ability to throw over the middle and create plays outside the pocket. While the comparison to other quarterbacks remains to be seen, McCarthy’s fit and talent make him a promising selection.

108. Duke DT DeWayne Carter

After addressing the quarterback position, the Vikings prioritize the defensive line with the selection of Carter, a versatile pass rusher who can make an impact right away.

129. South Dakota State OG Mason McCormick

McCormick, an athletic offensive lineman with a strong playing style, adds depth to the Vikings’ offensive line and has potential to earn a starting role.

157. Toronto Argonauts (CFL) CB Qwan’tez Stiggers

Stiggers, a sleeper pick with an unconventional path to the draft, offers potential in the cornerback position and could benefit from the Vikings’ development program.

167. UConn EDGE Eric Watts

Watts, a high-upside player with impressive physical attributes, adds athleticism to the Vikings’ defense and has the potential to excel as a pass rusher.

177. Texas A&M WR Ainias Smith

Smith, a versatile receiver with experience in special teams, provides depth to the Vikings’ receiving corps despite some off-field concerns.

230. UTEP ILB Tyrice Knight

Knight, a dynamic linebacker with athleticism and production, could contribute on special teams and potentially earn a role on the defense.

232. North Carolina State C Dylan McMahon

McMahon, a strong athlete with room for improvement, adds depth to the Vikings’ offensive line and could develop into a solid player with further training.

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