View highlights, reaction to Minnesota Vikings' 1st-round NFL Draft dealings that net Georgia safety
The Minnesota Vikings selected Georgia safety Lewis Cine at No. 32 overall in the first round of the NFL Draft after trading back 20 spots.
FARGO — The Minnesota Vikings selected Georgia safety Lewis Cine at No. 32 overall for the final selection in the first round of the NFL Draft, which started Thursday night, April 28, in Las Vegas.
Vikings general manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah made his first selection leading Minnesota's front office. The Vikings initially had the No. 12 overall selection and traded back 20 spots with division-rival Detroit. The Vikings got picks No. 32, 34 and 66 in the deal, while the Lions acquired No. 12 and 46 overall.
There was mixed reaction on whether the Vikings got enough in return to trade back from No. 12 to the final selection of the first round.
The 6-foot-2, 199-pound Cine was part of a talented Georgia defense that helped the Bulldogs win the NCAA Division I FBS national championship. Georgia had a record five players selected in Thursday's first round, including Cine.
Below is reaction to the Vikings' first-round selection:
Adofo-Mensah said that defensive coaches will be in the lab trying to figure out how to use Harrison Smith, Cam Bynum and Lewis Cine (together).— Kevin Seifert (@SeifertESPN) April 29, 2022
"I still look at this like a marathon and not a sprint. ... I know the team believes in me, of course, but I've still got to prove them right."@LewisCine spoke with Twin Cities media members short after being drafted by the @Vikings Thursday night.— Lindsey Young (@LindseyMNSports) April 29, 2022
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The ESPN draft trade chart is based on Approximate Value (AV). Uses past production of players at each draft spot. AV suggests there isn't as big of a difference in draft spots as you might think. "Point totals" for the Vikings-Lions deal:— Kevin Seifert (@SeifertESPN) April 29, 2022
With the final pick in the first round, the Vikings draft safety Lewis Cine from Georgia.— Chad Graff (@ChadGraff) April 29, 2022
Perhaps a long-term option next to Harrison Smith. Cine has an immediate chance to start while competing with Cam Bynum for that spot.