Souhan: New Vikings leaders, same uninspiring picks on draft night


The night their new front office would make their first draft pick, the Minnesota Vikings sold a Laquon Treadwell bathrobe during their party at US Bank Stadium.

This is handy when a joke setup contains the punchline. Time saving.

Obviously haunted by a discounted bathrobe allegedly worn by a purported first-round pick, the Vikings traded the 12th draft pick on Thursday for the chance to take more players whose leisure wear might be discounted in a near future.

They traded the 12th and 46th picks in the 2022 draft to the Detroit Lions for three draft picks.

New Vikings general manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah calls his job a ‘competitive rebuild’.

This move might not warrant either word.

The Vikings obviously weren’t keen on the players they might have gotten at No. 12. Perhaps they were obsessed with LSU cornerback Derek Stingley Jr, a surprise Texans pick at No. 3. Stingley was the most popular choice for the Vikings. in many fictional drafts.

What the new Vikings front office did, however, was give a premium player a shot at No. 12 in return for a chance to build roster depth.

The depth of the list is nice.

It is not the same as adding a star.

The Vikings could have taken safety Kyle Hamilton from Notre Dame. They settled for Georgian security Lewis Cine.

The decision of the Vikings will be evaluated in a simple way: Is Cinema as good as Hamilton? And can Cine help stop Jameson Williams?

The whole problem with the Vikings is that they consistently have enough good players to be competitive, but they don’t have the special player in the right position that elevates the entire franchise.

The negotiation allowed the Detroit Lions, their “rival” of division, to take Williams, the receiver of Alabama.

That means the Vikings’ worrying group of cornerbacks will have a much harder time dealing with Lions receivers, one of whom, Amon-Ra St. Brown, kept them out of the playoffs last year. with a late touchdown in Detroit.

Williams would have been a good choice for the Vikings, who will soon have to replace Adam Thielen and cannot be assured that they will keep Justin Jefferson for the long term.

If only there was precedent for the Vikings playing three quality receivers together…

It’s true – there are.

The Vikings didn’t need a receiver when Randy Moss dropped them to the 21st pick in 1998. They had Cris Carter and Jake Reed. The addition of Moss almost got them to the Super Bowl and led them to two NFC title games in three seasons.

Trading that far with a division rival, without getting a better pick pick in return, is confusing at best.

Adofo-Mensah impressed many inside and outside the organization with her intelligence and openness.

Neither personality nor the use of advanced analytics matter if you don’t make the right choices in the draft.

Teams hide behind the word “process”, but they live in a world of results.

It’s not hard to imagine Williams and St. Brown knocking them out of the playoffs again.

Adofo-Mensah, strangely, followed in the footsteps of his predecessor, Rick Spielman.

Spielman loved to negotiate. He would rave about his ability to amass draft picks, and then, in training camp, brag that his roster was so strong that all those extra seventh-round draft picks had no chance of making the roster. ‘team.

Since the Super Bowl years, the Vikings have mostly been stuck in neutral — too good to allow for a full rebuild, not good enough to return to the Bowl.

Adding lower draft picks to an eight-win squad with big cornerback holes doesn’t seem like a good way to compete or rebuild.

Aren’t the Vikings making sure they stay a mid-pack team and behind the Packers?

The Vikings may have gotten a good player at No. 32. They will need to win at No. 34 and 66 to make this trade worthwhile.


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