Sorry to say but found our first draft under our new regime very underwhelming. To drop 20 places in the first round and get the number two safety when [Kyle] Hamilton was still on the board is a head scratcher. Also, the compensation, even though previously discussed, seems very low when a lot of people thought dropping eight places to number 20 would net us [at least a] 2023 first-rounder. Rest of draft average at best with dubious character issues included. Hopefully I will be proven wrong. Will be at Tottenham Stadium cheering on my Vikes. SKOL.
— Andy Turton in Rugby England
Seems like a good value [for Cine] at No. 32. Allowed to move up and snag a quality CB. Most of the NFL pundits note [Cine’s] high football IQ, solid hard hitter. Add his pure speed. Detect and destroy. Potential for another Harrison Smith? Looking forward to the possibility of a three-safety backfield. Could be a very confusing defense for the opponents. But like all the trades and some of the selections were for me. Loaded in terms of numbers at RG. Sure hope we have the depth at CB? As usual time will tell if we picked good values.
OK, so let’s look at what Vikings did with first-round pick. They traded WAY back from 12 to 32 with a division rival. (Adofo-Mensah) seems like a very bright guy, and I know there were many people in the war room. How do you NOT ask for one of Lions two first-round picks in 2023???!!! Per the Lions, they were expecting the Vikings to ask for it AND were willing to give it!! But they were shocked Minnesota only wanted to swap second-round picks. If true, (Adofo-Mensah) is a horrible GM! Then, with the 32 pick, they pick a safety. If they stayed at 12, they could have had the top safety in the draft, Hamilton. Or taken [cornerback Trent] McDuffie. Both considered better players than Cine. But the worst part is they let the Lions get the top receiver! Unacceptable. Then, the next day they trade with [Green Bay] and do not ask or get Green Bay’s first-round pick next year! If GB isn’t parting with a lot, we aren’t trading with them. Makes NO sense to make GB better. Let another team trade with them. So another top WR goes to a division rival when our secondary is already awful. NOT smart moves. Now I hope they all work out, but first guess is both deals were terrible. So, on paper, after the draft is it safe to say the Vikings greatly improved BOTH the Lions and Packers and maybe slightly improved Vikings????
I am a native Minnesotan who has followed the Vikings since the first snap of their first practice. After having a few days to contemplate our recent draft, I am still upset over the way it was handled. Trading back multiple times? Helping our division rivals? Was Rick Spielman still running the draft? Sure looked like it. No wonder we can never contend or get over .500. When I think of the players we could have had at 12 and 34, I can only shake my head and wonder what the leadership is thinking. I will be a Vikings fan for the rest of my life, but the franchise is sure making things tough on us loyal fans. I am almost 77 and time is rapidly running out for me to see a Lombardi [Trophy] in Minnesota. Come on Vikings! Don’t let me down! SKOL forever!
— Irv Globstad in West Des Moines, Iowa
The Lions did what they think improves their team and so did the Packers and Vikings. Let’s see who is right. Way too many draft picks don’t work out.
First off, the Vikings organization was excited last Wednesday to announce it will be participating in the 2022 International Series in one of this year’s three London Games. Minnesota will face New Orleans in Week 4. Sign up for more details at Vikings.com/london.
Heads up that the 2022 NFL schedule will be unveiled in its entirety at 7 pm (CT) on Thursday, May 12. Keep an eye and ear out for some other games that might get announced before then. Also, be sure to check out the schedule-related content we’ll have here later this week.