The rationale behind the Vikings’ draft-day trades with the Lions and Packers

The No. 1 story of Kwesi Adofo-Mensah’s first draft as a general manager, more than any individual player the Vikings selected, centers around the two major trades he made with NFC North rivals.

On Thursday night, Adofo-Mensah sent the No. 12 and 46 picks to the Lions for picks 32, 34, and 66. We knew a trade down from 12 was a strong possibility, but to move down 20 spots in a deal with a divisional opponent was shocking.

The move was met with a mostly negative reaction from fans. Not only did the Vikings pass on players like Jameson Williams, Kyle Hamilton, Jordan Davis, and Trent McDuffie, but they now have to face Williams twice a year after he was selected by the Lions at 12. Instead of taking the draft’s consensus top safety in Hamilton, the Vikings moved back 20 spots and took a different safety: Georgia’s Lewis Cinema.


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