Vikings trade back to take Lewis Cine, NDSU's Christian Watson not selected in first round of NFL Draft

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Michigan Wolverines tight end Erick All (83) is tackled by Georgia Bulldogs defensive back Lewis Cine (16) at the Capital One Orange Bowl at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens, Florida on Dec. 31, 2021.Jacob Hamilton/

Kwesi Adofo-Mensah had indicated he was not opposed to trading down in the NFL Draft in the right situation.

That situation came about on Thursday night. Minnesota traded the 12th overall pick to Detroit along with pick number 46, in exchange for picks number 32, 34, and 66.

With that 32nd pick, Minnesota elected to draft for defense, selecting Georgia safety Lewis Cine. >>> Full story here.

Minnesota was slated to draft 12th overall before trading the pick to the Lions.


View highlights, reaction to Minnesota Vikings' 1st-round NFL Draft dealings that net Georgia safety

A Minnesota Vikings fan gestures while walking on Las Vegas Boulevard on Thursday, April 28, before the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft.Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports

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.

See the reaction to the Vikings' first-round selection here.

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.

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