Kwesi Adofo-Mensah: Volume of draft picks matters, but so does value of first-rounder

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Vikings General Manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah is a couple of days away from running his first draft and he signaled one way he may be different from his predecessor at a Tuesday press conference.

Rick Spielman had a habit of accumulating a great number of mid-to-late-round draft picks through trades during his time at the helm of the Vikings’ personnel department. Adofo-Mensah said that the team is open to any scenarios when it comes to the No. 12 pick this year, but he also noted that there’s a chance to add quality with a high pick that can’t be replicated by acquiring several players instead.

“I think volume [of draft picks] matters, but with whatever chart people are using, there’s no amount of seventh-round picks that can equate to the value of that first-round pick,” Adofo-Mensah said, via Will Ragatz of

That answer doesn’t mean the Vikings will be staying put at No. 12 on Thursday night, but it does seem that Vikings fans should see a different approach to the one the team employed for the last decade.

17 responses to “Kwesi Adofo-Mensah: Volume of draft picks matters, but so does value of first-rounder

  1. Thank God!!! Spielman for years traded back to accumulate 6th and 7th rounders who didn’t amount to squat!

    In his last two drafts he drafted 25 players. Only one was a star, and the rest are completely forgettable and struggling to stay on a roster

  2. Unless they really REALLY don’t like anyone, then they should stay put and draft someone. It’s all a crapshoot, anyway. Picks in rounds 2-7 can be bad picks just as easily as a first rounder. If it was easy finding the diamonds in the later rounds it would happen more often.

  3. If Spielman was a draft wizard, as some believed he was… The Vikings would have had much better depth than they did toward the end of Spielman’s reign. Viking fans should rejoice now that they won’t spend most of their draft capital on training camp bodies.

  4. Spielman used to make some pretty brilliant trades and made some good picks but the last three or four years his drafts have left me scratching my head. The Vikings have had more picks than anyone the last three years I think but they have serious depth problems all over the roster. What drove me crazy was accumulating all those third- to seventh-round picks but never once using that capital to trade up to get a guy you really like. Instead, he would take guys who were projected to go much later, while other teams would take the guy you’ve heard of and he would turn into a good player. It seemed like the most important hole he wanted to fill each year was kick returner.

    Spielman always said the more picks you have, the better the chance you have of one of them hitting. That’s the philosophy of someone who doesn’t know how to do his job. You also have a better chance of hitting on a player the earlier you take him, but that requires some acumen in evaluating players. I was surprised when Spielman was fired but looking back at everything it’s obvious that it was the right move.

  5. “ In his last two drafts he drafted 25 players. Only one was a star, and the rest are completely forgettable and struggling to stay on a roster”

    I disagree.
    Kj Osborn – showed positive signs that he can be a productive wr as a 5th rd pick
    Dantzler – better than people give him credit for. Has given up some plays n big spots, but has shown some great skill.
    Cleveland – has solidified the LG spot.
    Darisaw – I think most people are excited for yr 2.
    Nwangwu, Bynum and smith-marsette have some positive futures.

  6. Trader Rick made the draft fun to watch because it was so unpredictable. And he made some great selections. I’ll miss him but if KAM can eventually pick a QB, I won’t miss him that much.

  7. I also love watching Trader Rick at work we would so many draft picks and I would look at them and imagine that they were going to be great or at least some of them. Some of them even were, not many, but you never knew what he was going to do, and you never knew until the last second who he was going to pick. I an sure the new regime will do a fine job. The draft wasn’t supposed to be fun, but it kind of was.

  8. Over the last 5 drafts Spielman accumulated 21 picks in rounds 6 and 7, none of which were significant contributors. I cringe at the thought of the value that was given up to accumulate those picks.

  9. Very anti-Spielman. However, I did like slick Rick’s trade back for Darrisaw last year.

  10. I like the guy. Smart, a leader.
    O’Connell was throwing the ball around in warmups the other day with the guys.
    Intriguing new direction for the team. Skol.

  11. I think that with Sixth and Seventh round picks basically taking guys that might not be drafted and guaranteeing you don’t have to bid for them from among the undrafted pool. You are just bringing in camp bodies for tryouts and hoping you hit on one every now and then. Not much value there. The value is in the first 4 rounds.

  12. Most draft picks in the later rounds don’t pan out but it bugged me that Spielman would make so many picks you knew weren’t going to work out. Some of my favorites:

    Willie Beavers in the 4th round. Got cut in training camp.
    Moritz Boehringer in the 6th round. Didn’t know how to play football.
    Austin Cutting (long snapper!) in the 7th round.
    Nate Stanley in the 7th round. How do you need a 7th-round QB?
    Zach Davison in the 5th round. You needed to spend a 5th-round pick on a TE/P from Central Missouri State? A lot of other teams were desperate to get that guy?
    Kene Nwangwu in the 4th round. I know he’s fast but should he have been the fifth RB off the board? You could have gotten him in the 6th.

  13. It seems like the new front office is going to create issues for the other teams in the NFC North.

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