with 2022 NFL Project in the books, the time has come for all grades and reactions.
We’ve compiled various pundits’ opinions on how the Minnesota Vikings fared in this year’s draft, which began with a trade with the Detroit Lions.
This was Kwesi Adofo-Mensah’s first draft as Vikings general manager, and the first for many in the front office.
Here are the experts’ opinions on the picks:
“In terms of addressing the team’s greatest need, few clubs checked boxes more emphatically in the 2022 NFL Draft than the Vikings. And while that speaks to potential new general manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah and head coach Kevin O’Connell they have to work with, he still ranks fourth out of the Vikings in a superbly drafted NFC North division.
The Vikings allowed 34 passing touchdowns a year ago while collecting just seven interceptions. That abysmal touchdown-to-interception ratio nearly sealed the fate of defensive-minded head coach Mike Zimmer. The Vikings look to vastly improve on those numbers in 2022, with hard-hitting Lewis Cine at safety and cornerback Andrew Booth (a steal at No. 42, IMO) at the top of their rookie class.”
Nate DavisUSA Today
“New GM Kwesi Adofo-Mensah’s first draft had little sex appeal, but was arguably just what the Vikes needed. Perfectly pleased with trade deals with the division-rival Packers and Lions, Adofo-Mensah worked on the board on the way to adding S Lewis Cine, CB Andrew Booth, G Ed Ingram and LB Brian Asamoah in the top 66 picks. They all project as starters on opening day, especially important for a Minnesota defense that consistently betrayed this offense the last couple of seasons.
Mel Kiper Jr ESPN
“Adofo-Mensah’s first draft in Minnesota featured some trades, as he made trades with the rival Lions (which I liked) and the Packers (which I didn’t love). The result was two potential starters in the secondary at Lewis Cinema. (32), a hard-hitting, versatile safety, and cornerback Andrew Booth, Jr. (42), who was a bit inconsistent last season. The Vikings tried to fill a starting guard spot with Ed Ingram (59), I thought his strength and mobility earned him an early Day 3 pick. Brian Asamoah (66) is a fun but undersized inside linebacker who will fit into his scheme.”
maske Brand, Washington Post
“The Vikings traded from No. 12 in the first round and emerged with a deep class that perhaps lacks game-changers. They certainly improved their secondary by taking S Lewis Cine to close out the first round and CB Andrew Booth in the second.”
Eric Edholm, Yahoo Sports
“The Vikings didn’t end up with a top-20 player in this draft class, but they ended up adding a ton of depth, which now that a new regimen has taken over, having your own guys in the locker room can be valuable.” We’ll never know exactly why Adofo-Mensah traded six times, maybe their preferred pick kept getting taken before the Vikes were on the clock, but once you look back at their draft class they added a lot of defensive pieces that could become in headlines in no time.”
Doug Farrar and Michael Schofield, TD Wire (USA TODAY Sports)
“The Vikings agreed to go from 12th to 32nd in a trade with the Lions, and still got the second-best safety in this draft class in Lewis Cine. Cine is a surefire downhill hammerhead with violent intent and the reach and athletics to win everything”. over the field. And in Andrew Booth, Minnesota gets what it desperately needed: a legitimate cornerback who can play and pressure and has the range to match NFL wide receivers. LSU’s Ed Ingram is an underrated butt-kicking guard who fills another big need, and Brian Asamoah has the traits to make a name for himself as the kind of “three-down backer” the Vikings have expertly cultivated over time. Watch out for Illinois tackle Vederian Lowe, who somehow lasted until the end. [sixth] round, and he gave George Karlaftis all he could handle when he was on point last season. In the sense that they were able to get additional picks and still fill out a really bad secondary, this draft looks like a success.”
Chad Reuters, NFL.com
“The Vikings did a good job getting draft picks in trades with desperate division rivals Detroit and Green Bay. The secondary needed help and got two immediate contributors in Cine and Booth, who would have been drafted in the first round if not for injuries. Ingram’s a likely future inside starter and Asamoah is the ball catcher the Vikings needed in their new 3-4 scheme.”
Conor Orr, Sports Illustrated
“We rightly spent a lot of time hearing about Kwesi Adofo-Mensah, who comes to Minnesota with great promise as the kind of executive who can finally bridge the gap between analytics and personnel. But for a team with some pronounced needs, it’s hard to the stomach, going from the No. 12 pick to the No. 32 pick and getting no more returns. There were a handful of premium players who remained in the first round at the time of Minnesota’s No. 1 pick, and instead they went back and replenished the secondary with a handful of players who may be a little less talented than they might have gotten had they stayed at 12. Booth is a gem in this class and feels a bit underrated. showed in college was against ACC wide receivers, he has the hand-fighting skills that should translate quickly in the NFC North against some physical pass receivers.”
Vinnie Iyer, Sports News
“The Vikings get a bit of flak for making multiple trades within the division to help the Packers and Lions, but otherwise GM Kwesi Adofo-Mensah had a good first draft to help fellow rookie coach Kevin O’Connell. Cine and Booth are excellent playing complements to their secondary and can learn well from Harrison Smith and Patrick Peterson. They pulled him back to carry renewed defensive depth welcomed at all levels. Ingram also has a good opportunity to start somewhere inside for offense. [Ty] Sailboat, [Jalen] Nailor and [Nick] Muse are good offensive skill additions at the bottom of the list.”
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