Lions Pursue Inspired Rebuilding; Bears fail Justin Fields?

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Vikings first-year general manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah is a former Wall Street trader with economics degrees from Princeton and Stanford. That was certainly the case last week, as Minnesota executed six trades, bouncing off the scoreboard with notable chutzpah. But your faithful proofreader – who admittedly has no degree in economics and has never even seen the film Wall Street — had serious problems understanding the rationale behind Adofo-Mensah’s opening salvo, a rare intradivisional deal with the Lions:

  • Detroit received: Choose numbers 12 and 46.
  • Minnesota received: Choose our 32, 34 and 66.

I know the various trade rankings spit various judgments in motion, but let’s get down to business here: Essentially, for the No. 34 Overall Pick award, the Lions had to move up 20 spots on Day 1 and 20 places on day 2. I will take the Detroit side of this trade all day. Odd. That procedural issue aside, the Vikings have met a range of needs, starting with a serious infusion of talent in the secondary. Cine never got the pre-draft love he truly deserved because A) he played on the most memory laden college defense and B) Kyle Hamilton sucked all the air into the safe room. But the quick, instinctive deep-half defender is a homing missile against the run and a savvy zone processor against the pass. Booth is a very pedigree cornerback with the physical tools to excel at press-man coverage; he could have been a first-round pick if not for core muscles surgery in march. Ingram could be a Day 1 starter at guard, a position that has confused the Vikings for years. And Asamoah is a modern, lanky linebacker who stands to benefit greatly from learning under Eric Kendricks.

Charles P. Patton