During the first night of Draft 2021 the Bears traded picks with the Giants for select Justin Fields with the 11th overall pick. Nevertheless, in an alternate reality, Minnesota was left with the Ohio State product.
According to information from ESPN, the Vikings sought to make a trade to climb positions in the first round of the draft and recruit Fields.
Added that when the Panthers (who have Sam Darnold on the roster) and Broncos (with Teddy Bridgewater looming for the start) they didn’t take Fields, the Vikings began to arrange a possible exchange.
To the bad fortune of the ‘Vikes’ the Bears went ahead (they handed out two first-round picks, one fourth and one more than fifth) to take Fields.
Without the now Chicago member on the board and with the arrival of Rashawn Slater to the Chargers, Minnesota agreed to part ways with the 14th pick (and 146) in exchange for the Jets’ 23,66 and 86 picks. With the exchange, they got Christian Darrisaw.
Cousins, on top of everything
On the other hand, it is alleged that a Vikings coach informed Kirk Cousins about the possibility that the club became a quarterback in the draft. Minnesota finally drafted Kellen Mond in the third round of recruiting.
Nevertheless, the official position of the ‘Vikes’ is that Cousin is the present of the organization. This was made known by Rick Spielman, general manager of the franchise, who denied that Mond is the immediate substitute of the Michigan State product.
“There is no competition. We only recruit another player. Regardless of position, if we took someone in the first or third round, he didn’t warn the players, ‘Hey, we’re going to select this guy.’ Our job is to have as many good players and that they compete, “he said.