Vikings general manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah retained sales in the second half of Friday, stepping up a deal with Indianapolis Colts to select Clemson defender Andrew Booth Jr. and a total of 42 elections.
The Vikings climbed 11 spots, from the 53rd round, in the second round to advance to second place by signing Booth, a former five-star veteran who played for three years for the Tigers. He was the second defender to join the Vikings after Georgia Lewis Cine’s first-choice defense on Thursday night.
Later on Friday the Vikings added LSU defender Ed Ingram and Oklahoma lineback Brian Asamoah.
After trading with the lions in the first round, the Vikings opened the second day of the show by trading with another rival team, sending numbers. 34 select from the Packers in exchange for option No. 53 and No. 59. Green Bay elected Christian Watson the most popular candidate from North Dakota State with 34.
Minnesota then sent option No. 53, together with option No. 77 and No. 192, for Colts in exchange for No. 42 and the fourth round election (No. 122) Saturday.
Later that night, the Vikings elected an opposition man in the first three rows for the next six years, taking Ingram, a LSU guard and a 59-point lead from the Packers.
Ingram, 23, was a four-year-old left-back for the Tigers, most recently named All-SEC second by coaches last season. Ingram was suspended for the 2018 season after being charged with two counts of rape of a teenager. He was reinstated before the 2019 season before the charges were dropped.
“It’s a serious case and that’s what we’ve been investigating,” said Vikings captain Jamaal Stephenson. “We’ve tested him and we feel good about where we are with Ed and how things are.”
Ingram said “many groups have spoken about this” when asked about the allegations. He declined to comment Friday on the content of the film, saying he wanted to focus more on “the happiest time of my life” after writing it.
The Vikings returned to third defense, defeating Asamoah by 66. Asamoah, 22, is the project’s backbone and defender in the Vikings’ 3-4 defensive line led by manager Ed Donatell. He’s a “tone setter” whose side line is clearly visible, according to Vikings college principal Mike Sholiton.
“We have three weapons in different areas,” Sholiton said in addition to the Vikings defense. “It’s started well. We have a busy day [Saturday] and we hope to add some well-known guys who can fit our ranks. It has been working, so it will be interesting to see what Day 3 looks like. “
On Thursday in the first round, Adofo-Mensah participated in No. 12 selects Lions, which also took the recipient: Jameson Williams of Alabama. The sale included sending a 46th option to Detroit to buy No. 32, no. 34 and No. 66.
Booth’s experience was as uncertain as the Vikings’ writing. The 21-year-old defender said he hopes to be the first candidate Thursday night. Booth has the right size (6 feet, 194 pounds) and a five-star native to defend the outside world, where Minnesota needs another way to start against former veteran Patrick Peterson.
But Booth has a long medical record in his early career. He also said the wait was “nerve damage” knowing he had been injured for his three Tigers years.
He hopes to be ready for the Vikings minicamp next month recovering from a sports hernia in March which was the second operation to repair a major muscle problem that was first performed on April 2021. He played the game last season and met three times in 11 games. He did not take part in the NFL Scouting Combine test or Clemson’s day, citing quad injuries that occurred during training.
Booth 0 Reconstruction of knee surgery after season 29 ruptured patellar tendon. Vikings head coach Ryan Grigson said the team “felt good” during their medical tests.
“I’ve never played healthy since, like high school,” said Booth, a retired college employee offered by Clemson, Alabama and Auburn, among others. “I used to play because of an injury and that’s why I just want, you know, to have a chip now. You have a chip because I feel like I know who I am.”
“I know what I can bring to the table,” he added. “I believe what I say I should be here for the Vikings.”
Grigson, who joined the team under Adofo-Mensah, loved the competition that Booth showed on the field.
“The other positive thing is that, if they make a mistake, you can choose the point in the film they are making,” Grigson said Friday night. “He’s a real competitor. The word dog is thrown around, but you see a lot in the film and I think that was a collaboration, too, with the corner teams. [that was available]it’s one of those moody times where he would break into endless soliloquy with himself.