The Minnesota Vikings paid Kirk Cousins a ton of money during free agency last year, but after a mediocre 2018 campaign it’s clear the team needs to draft some insurance.

The big picture: Despite putting up good stats, Cousins — who was signed to get the team over the hump — came up short in clutch moments.

Leading the Vikings to a record of 8-7-1, Cousins oversaw an offense that regressed overall compared to the team’s 2017 campaign.

This is all the more salient considering it was Sam Bradford and Case Keenum under center for the Vikings in 2017.

Even more dubious is the fact that, after losing to Chicago in Week 17, Cousins now sports an abysmal career record of 4-25 in starts against teams with a winning record.

Furthermore, the Vikings have nobody behind him who can be relied upon. At this point, Kyle Sloter (he’s never played in an NFL game) is the backup.

Build through the draft: Free agency was a dung heap at the quarterback position this past March. The only way to fix this issue is to draft a player who can potentially take over for Cousins in the event of an injury, or if he just continues to prove inadequate as a franchise savior.

Because Minnesota isn’t desperate, it doesn’t have to take a quarterback in Round 1. However, it would be smart to select a quarterback in the first few rounds, because this year’s class is pretty thin.