Let’s talk about draft pick trades

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Kwesi Adofo-Mensah

Day 2 for the Vikings began with another controversial trade. They traded with a division rival after doing the same in the first round. Clearly, Vikings fans are angry to help the Packers get a wide receiver.

However, we really need to take a deep breath and think about it. Take all the emotions out of the transaction and treat it as a financial transaction. Vikings trade assets. It happens to be with a divisional opponent.

Is it really a bad thing to do? Or do we see it as bad because of who the Packers picked? Could we have prevented the Packers from recruiting Christian Watson? And the Lions? Could we have stopped them from recruiting Jameson Williams?

Again, let’s break this down without emotions. We’ll start with the Lions.

Valuing Lions Business

The first deal Kwesi made in his debut draft was to trade with a division opponent. The Vikings traded picks 12 and 46 in exchange for picks 32, 34 and 66. Then, with the 12th overall pick, the Lions selected Jameson Williams, who could be the best wide receiver in the 2022 class.

Alabama Crimson Tide wide receiver Jameson Williams. Syndication The Enquirer

The Vikings, meanwhile, passed up opportunities to sign Kyle Hamilton, Jordan Davis, Kaiir Elam and Trent McDuffie. However, they drafted Lewis Cine, which has great potential. Maybe the difference between Kyle Hamilton and Lewis Cine isn’t as big as we fans want to believe.

If so, and Lewis Cine ends up being great, have the Vikings lost the trade? This is where trade cards come in. The answer: it’s mixed.

According to traditional maps, the Vikings lost value in this trade. However, new age analytic charts have the Vikings winning by a wide margin. So, maybe we’re calling this one a draw? Or maybe we keep our decision on this for a few years and see how the players develop.

Either way, the Vikings probably could have gotten more from the Lions. But for now, they still have security if that’s what they want.

Kwesi robbed the Packers in the second round

Ok, now we come to where the real controversy begins. Kwesi decided to return to the draft with the Packers, who replaced Christian Watson. However, it’s likely the Packers would do it no matter what.

February 5, 2022; Mobile, AL, USA; National team wide receiver Christian Watson. Mandatory Credit: Nathan Ray Seebeck – USA TODAY Sports

If the Vikings don’t say yes, who are they trading with? Or do they choose Andrew Booth Jr., Roger McCreary or Kyler Gordon? Either way, the Packers likely trade with the Titans in the same deal to get Christian Watson. The Vikings were never going to stop that from happening.

So, Kwesi did the next best thing. He absolutely robbed the Packers. Each trade chart has the Vikings winning that trade.

The Packers lost a second-round pick and the Vikings gave nothing in return. We still have our guy later in the draft.

Ask yourself this. If the Vikings had traded with any other team and still drafted the cornerback they were looking for, would you be mad? Or are you just upset because it was the Packers? If Kwesi is going to steal a team in a trade, wouldn’t you want it to be the Packers?

To sum up, they probably should have gotten more from the Lions. But do we even take Lions seriously? However, stealing tons of value from the Packers is a plus.


Mitch Massman has been a lifelong Vikings fan. His first heartbreak was the 1998 NFC Championship Game. His full-time job is as an economic development professional in rural Minnesota. He fantasizes about the Vikings winning a Super Bowl one day, but until then he will write about the Vikings. Follow him on Twitter @skol_vikings3

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