After sales return to No. 32 picks, Vikings pick Georgia Georgia Cine defense in NFL draft

The Vikings traded 20 points and selected Georgia Lewis Cine defense and final selection in the first leg of the NFL draft Thursday night.

Cine became the fifth defender from the Georgia team he signed for in the first leg, heading to Vikings after the Jaguars selected Travon Walker’s runner-up in the first round, the Eagles all over Jordan Davis 13th and the Packers used all of the first. -sound the Bulldogs defenders (defender Quay Walker and defender Devonte Wyatt). Georgia became the first team in NFL history to have five defending players selected on the first line.

In the 6-2 Cine, the Vikings added a solid defense as their Harrison Smith entered his 11th season in the league and second-year man Cam Bynum was trying to win the job near Smith after Xavier Woods left. organization. Cine (pronounced SEEN) broke nine times in his final year in Georgia to win a third All-American team title, and ran a 4.37-second 40-yard dash in a row.

“The boy has played a lot of games in the best defense in college football,” said Vikings coach Kevin O’Connell. “When we ask [the Georgia players], ‘Which of your friends would you like to bring?’ The name Lewis Cine came in handy. “

He said the Vikings could look at ways to put Cine, Smith and Bynum on the field at the same time, adding, “There are a lot of things you can do to be more defensive.”

With players like Washington cornerback Trent McDuffie, Notre Dame defender Kyle Hamilton and Florida State pass rusher Jermaine Johnson still in place, the Vikings also sold 20 places from No. 12, find options No. 32, 34 and 66 from Lions in exchange for 12th general pick and the Vikings’ second-rounder (No. 46 overall).

General Manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah said “there was an idea” to vote for No. 12, but the Vikings relied on their own preparations for the trade, eventually taking on a player that GM said the Vikings had established among the No. 13 and 19.

He also said the Vikings received calls for 32 picks, adding that “there was a ball at the end” before deciding on Cine’s choice.

The Lions selected Alabama recipient Jameson Williams and selected the Vikings. The move gave Minnesota three options on Day 2 of preparation. Adofo-Mensah said the Vikings looked at Williams, among others, by the 12th election, but thought the lion trade was fair.

Charts that measured the cost of each option were distributed if the Vikings won a trade, or would have to get more from their competitors to get a 20-spot chance.

The 32nd decision – which the Lions got from Super Bowl Rams’ specialty in Matthew Stafford’s trade last year – was the first time the Vikings had a final decision in the first round since 2014, when they resold the first-round pick for Teddy. Bridgewater.

In Adofo-Mensah’s first post as general manager, he devised a strategy that was well known to Vikings fans at Rick Spielman’s final record: re-selling.

It was the third year in a row that the Vikings resold their first season. He returned in six places with his second election in 2020, knocking down Jeff Gladney 31st overall. Last year, he returned nine places from No. 14 to No. 23 before choosing left Christian Darrisaw.

Followers of the Vikings’ draft party at the US Bank Stadium initially staged a riot, and were outraged when they saw the team return to the first round of the first round election.

Adofo-Mensah, who came to the NFL after working on Wall Street, said at a press conference on Tuesday that he thought “volume is the most important thing” in writing – although he added that much would not be consistent with the idea of ​​retention. late choices by destroying the first round.

This move, that is, can be managed by trying to add options to the top 100 options, an idea that is often supported by data.

“You have a great team and you have the necessary depth and you have the stuff you need to fill, so I think the volume is very important,” Adofo-Mensah said Tuesday. “Now, I would suggest that for any chart that everyone is using, there is no amount of seven options that can match the first price. You can do so with around 7,000 options and this will not match the price. Because there is something special that comes with the first round selection. it cannot be easily changed.

“These are things you have to go back and think about in your mind. It’s not easy mathematics. I like this discussion now as GM because I was one of the people who built these charts., And I kind of laughed at people, ‘I don’t know,’ let’s just talk about this and apply it [charts] as a backboard, but let’s talk about this and the kind of understanding that power is going on. ‘

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