The Minnesota Vikings selected Georgia safety Lewis Cine with the final pick of the first round after trading down from the No. 12 spot — a move that was met with scrutiny due to the players still available before the trade.
That included the consensus top safety Kyle Hamilton, who the Baltimore Ravens selected at No. 14 overall.
However, general manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah was ecstatic about the value of selecting Cine with the 32nd pick received in a trade with the Detroit Lions. The Vikings got the second-best safety in the draft (whom Adofo-Mensah said they were eyeing in the teens of the draft), along with moving up 12 spots in the second round and a third-round pick.
How Cine (pronounced seen) compares to Hamilton this upcoming season will be closely followed by critics of the new regime’s trade.
However, NBC Sports analyst and former NFL quarterback Chris Simms gushed over Minnesota’s selection of Cine.
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‘The Man is a Sledgehammer… Vikings Got One of My Man Crushes’
Simms tweeted shortly after Minnesota capped the first day of the draft with resounding praise of Cine.
“Lewis Cine. The man is a sledgehammer. He. Hits. Everybody. And yet has unbelievable ability to plant his foot in the ground and drive in coverage,” Simms said. “@Vikings got one of my man crushes.”
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The man is a sledgehammer. He. Hits. Everybody.
And yet has unbelievable ability to plant his foot in the ground and drive in coverage. @Vikings got one of my man crushes.
— Chris Simms (@CSimmsQB) April 29, 2022
On the Chris Simms Unbuttoned podcast, Simms ranked Cine as the second-best safety in his draft class behind Hamilton.
“This is another one of my favorite watches in the draft — any position — I’m just a sucker for guys who can fly and have no regard for their body,” Simms said. “He’s got three rockets up his a**, and he runs through brick walls? Sign me up.”
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