Vikings take Lewis Cine with final pick of first round

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The first round of the 2022 NFL draft has come to an end.

The Vikings selected Georgia safety Lewis Cine with the 32nd overall pick of the draft, the last pick of Thursday night. The reigning national champions, Georgia had five first-round picks tonight.

It’s the Rams’ first-round pick, which was traded to the Lions in the Matthew Stafford deal, and then traded to the Vikings tonight when the Lions moved up to the 12th overall pick.

Cine made a major impact in Georgia’s national championship season and was named the defensive MVP of the College Football Playoff National Championship Game. The Vikings like what he’s done at the highest levels of college football and think he’ll be ready to contribute right away as a rookie.

The draft resumes with the second and third rounds on Friday night.

37 responses to “Vikings take Lewis Cine with final pick of first round

  1. The GM is crazy.

    Apparently he doesn’t understand positional value. Andrew Booth, Kyler Gordan, Christian Watson, George Pickens, Boye Mafe are all available and play premium positions. You can get a fine safety later in the draft, as they did last year when they took Cam Bynum in the fourth round.

    I’m very disappointed in Kwesi’s first effort. Another trade down would have been better.

  2. I always knew we’d be picking #32 some day! This dude looks like he could be disruptive. Maybe we can make it two in a row!

  3. Weaknesses:
    Average size; will need more muscle mass.
    Angles in run support are sometimes poor.
    Doesn’t have the feet and hips to cover good receivers.
    Lacks range in coverage.
    Doesn’t track the ball too well.

  4. Kind of feels like the Vikings are one of the losers of the first round – seemingly working hard to accomplish little.

    Thankfully for them, the Packers also turned in a baffling first round, the Bears are absent, and the Lions overreached on a guy they aren’t ready to maximize (Williams), so this mediocre outcome doesn’t stand our as much.

  5. I know this draft doesn’t have the most talented QBs but I didn’t think it’s so bad the Vikings pass on them.

  6. What a mess. Lucky for Vikings fans, the rest of the division appears to be equally incompetent.

  7. Unlike most of you I like the pick of Cine and adding another 2nd round round pick. Cine runs a 4.37 so for the guy saying he can’t run, just somebody else that doesn’t know what he’s talking about. Knee jerk reactions are worthless, just maybe the guys getting paid to make decisions know more than fans.

  8. Btw, some analysts say that Cine is a better coverage safety than Hamilton. Knowing that Cine is faster, I will trust that assessment more than a fan’s.

  9. mnrasslinggovjesse says:
    April 28, 2022 at 11:45 pm
    Weaknesses:
    Average size; will need more muscle mass.
    Angles in run support are sometimes poor.
    Doesn’t have the feet and hips to cover good receivers.
    Lacks range in coverage.
    Doesn’t track the ball too well.

    Zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

    Led defense in tackles on team with five 1st round defensive players drafted

  10. What a horrible trade by Kwesi. I still can’t believe he took that deal. Don’t make friendly deals to other teams and don’t expect the other teams to be friendly to you

  11. As usual it’ll take a couple of years to truly assess how good or bad the draft classes are, but right now this seems like a really dumb move.

  12. So you traded out of the spot to take the best safety coming out of college in years and you give your high round draft pick to a division rival….

    Could this have been any dumber?

  13. Better be right about CIne and whoever you get next. I don’t see how moving down 20 spots in the first doesn’t net you a 2023 first.
    Is that the sign of a good trade..both GMs are happy, but all the fans are ticked?

  14. who was it that sold their soul to the devil in the Vikings organization beck in the early 60″s? Because that is the obvious explanation on how this team can continually sabotage themselves and cant get out of their own way. Continual stupidity. Laughing stock of the NFL. Wow just total buffoonery.

  15. I’m not convinced this made any sense. We gave up a first round and a second round and got a lower first round and a second round in order to get a third round. It doesn’t make sense to me. On top of that I watch the top corner backs took off one after another, I watch the top center disappear and one after another highly ranked players left the board. 31 of them to be exact. And in the end we’re going to pick lower in two rounds because we believe that third round pick is going to offset all of that? I don’t believe it at all.

  16. Cine will be labeled the product of the second worst deal in Vikings history.

    KAM is the new Les Steckel in Vikings lore.

  17. I like this pick and I don’t mind the trade. That is as long as you make the number 34 overall pick a good one.

  18. Trading down 20 spots in the 1st Round SHOULD cost a little bit more than a 3rd Round Pick. Just sayin’

  19. Great trade for the Vikes if additional moving down is coming. Pick 34 will ensure their phone is ringing off the hook, especially after the deal they gave the Lions IN THEIR DIVISION.
    On Cine, the consensus of all the broadcast analysts is that Cine is vastly underrated and may well be as good as Hamilton whom no one would be complaining about if they took him at #12 and not traded back. Louis Riddick said it was one of his favorite picks. Other Georgia players were also asked who they would take with therm if they left to play elsewhere and Cine’s name came up repeatedly so it was reported in Minneapolis.
    Appears to be a violent player whose violence does not translate to off the field, highly motivated, cerebral and fast.

  20. Cine is way faster and IMHO more physical. The guy hits just like the Hitman and when they both line up you will not know whose coming down into the box and being in a 3-4 the QB will not know which linebacker is coming. Hardly a bad pick when 4 of defensive his team mates where drafted in the first round.

    Vikes got burned deep alot last year when playing faster WRs, that should not be a problem with Cine’s speed.

    In the end – we don’t know, you got to let it play out and see how he does. With Harrison Smith as his mentor the future look bright for the kid…..give em a chance before writing him off.

  21. I actually really like the pick here, but I’m not a fan of the trade. As others have pointed out, if you are moving down 20 spots in the first round you should receive more than what the Vikings did. I would have been ok with swapping thirds and keeping our second, but there’s a reason I’m not a GM.

  22. A pretty meh draft so far for the Vikes. Logic would indicate that there were more significant “impact” players still left at pick #12, as opposed to additional depth guys. I guess if those depth guys turn into valuable starters and earn second contracts, this draft will be a success. However, you’d have to be a real homer to tout this as a successful draft so far, so the best one can do is say lets see what happens in 3 years.

  23. Safety was not a huge, immediate need for Minnesota. Smith is signed for 2022 and maybe plays in 2023, too. Cam Bynum looks very good, so they were set for at least this season and possibly next.
    CB is a huge need, same with Center and Guard. So of course they ignore those positions, same with LB and maybe WR. Thielen is on the backside of his career.
    But, they think, “I know. Let’s draft a safety!” That’s some serious ‘Stable Jenious’ logic there.

  24. If the Vikings still get a good corner at #34 this may work out well. I like Booth Jr a lot. With Cine and hopefully, Booth Jr, the backend of the Vikings D should be better than if they’d have taken Hamilton and stayed at pick #46. It’ll be a couple of years before we know. This could still work out. It just seems like they didn’t get enough in the trade.

  25. Hardly a bad pick when 4 of defensive his team mates where drafted in the first round.
    ++++++
    Sadly (because I’m a Green Bay fan) I think having 5 first rounders on a college defense makes at least 2 of the guys suspect.

  26. This was a solid pick. But it remains that the initial trade was better for the Lions.

  27. packerlies says:
    April 29, 2022 at 5:41 pm
    Hardly a bad pick when 4 of defensive his team mates where drafted in the first round.
    ++++++
    Sadly (because I’m a Green Bay fan) I think having 5 first rounders on a college defense makes at least 2 of the guys suspect.
    ——————————-

    Its gotta play out dude – Quay Walker and Devonte Wyatt great picksfeel. Just speculation here but with Adams gone maybe the Green Bay brass feels they will be in a lot of close games this year and bolsering the defense makes total sense to win those close games with these two playmakers.

    Gotta let it play out man – theres a reason why fans dont’ make the picks….hahahaha

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