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NFL Draft Rumors: Vikings Arrange J.J. McCarthy Private Workout After Texans Trade

Andrew Peters

The Minnesota Vikings have arranged a private workout with Michigan quarterback J.J. McCarthy following a trade with the Houston Texans that gave them a second first-round pick, per Sports Illustrated's Albert Breer.

According to Breer, Minnesota plans to have quarterbacks coaches Josh McCown and Grant Udinski in attendance at McCarthy's pro day and head coach Kevin O'Connell and general manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah at a private workout.

"[The Vikings] had plans in motion for quarterbacks coaches Josh McCown and Grant Udinski to be in Ann Arbor for Michigan QB J.J. McCarthy's pro day this Friday," Breer wrote. "Minnesota also arranged a private workout on campus with McCarthy for next week, with [head coach Kevin] O'Connell and [GM Kwesi] Adofo-Mensah set to make that trip."

On Friday, the Vikings traded a second-round pick, a sixth-round pick and a 2025 second-round pick to the Texans in exchange for the 23rd overall pick in the 2024 draft. Minnesota also holds the 11th overall pick.

McCarthy threw for 2,991 yards, 22 touchdowns and four interceptions in 2023, leading Michigan to a national championship.

Bleacher Report's Scouting Department considers McCarthy to be the No. 54 player and the No. 4 quarterback in this year's draft class. He sits only behind quarterbacks Drake Maye, Caleb Williams and Jayden Daniels, all of whom are expected to be drafted in the top 10.

After Kirk Cousins signed a four-year deal with the Atlanta Falcons on Monday, the Vikings added quarterback Sam Darnold on a one-year deal. Darnold, the third overall pick in the 2018 draft, spent last season as a backup for the San Francisco 49ers. Darnold started in the 49ers season finale last year, notching 189 passing yards and a touchdown.

With Darnold now on the roster, Minnesota has him, Nick Mullens and Jaren Hall available at quarterback for now.

While Darnold could potentially be the Vikings' starter, it seems Minnesota is looking to land McCarthy with one of its first-round picks. McCarthy could end up getting picked earlier than the 11th pick, but it's conceivable that he would be available for the Vikings. There has also reportedly been "considerable buzz" about Minnesota looking to trade into the top five to pick McCarthy.


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