A 2022 Vikings Draft Pick Had a Positive Showing Last Weekend

Aug 14, 2022; Paradise, Nevada, USA; Las Vegas Raiders wide receiver Keelan Cole (84) is defended by Minnesota Vikings cornerback Andrew Booth Jr. (23) in the first half at Allegiant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Virtually since training camp began in 2022, the 2022 Vikings draft class has been under a great deal of scrutiny.

Lewis Cine has not seen much playing time, and the snaps that he was getting were eliminated when he fractured his leg last season. Meanwhile, Ed Ingram has started each of his first 24 NFL games at right guard, but he has gone through his fair share of struggles as well.

However, a 2022 Vikings draft pick put together a very positive showing in Week 6 against the Chicago Bears, basically out of nowhere. That player was CB Andrew Booth, who played 26 defensive snaps on Sunday.

A 2022 Vikings Draft Pick Had a Positive Showing in Week 6

NFL: Minnesota Vikings at Chicago Bears
Oct 15, 2023; Chicago, Illinois, USA; Chicago Bears tight end Cole Kmet (85) is upended after a catch by Minnesota Vikings cornerback Andrew Booth Jr. (23) and linebacker Jordan Hicks (58) in the second half at Soldier Field. Mandatory Credit: Jamie Sabau-USA TODAY Sports

When the Vikings selected Booth in the second round of the 2022 NFL Draft, the hope was that many of the traits he showed off at Clemson would translate to the NFL. He was a very physical cornerback with the Tigers, and his ball skills made for some flashy turnovers as well.

To this point, we haven’t gotten a chance to see much of that, in part because fourth-round pick Akayleb Evans had outshined him. However, with Evans dealing with a knee injury, Booth got his first substantial snaps of the season with the defense on Sunday.

The CB was targeted twice and allowed one reception to TE Cole Kmet that went for seven yards. However, he also had a key pass breakup to force a Bears punt in the fourth quarter.

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Aug 10, 2023; Seattle, Washington, USA; Minnesota Vikings cornerback Mekhi Blackmon (11) and Minnesota Vikings cornerback Andrew Booth Jr. (23) talk during warmups prior to the game at Lumen Field. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports

Pro Football Focus gave the second-year CB a defensive grade of 67.9 for his efforts, the eighth-best grade for any Vikings defender on Sunday. It was also the highest of Booth’s young career by far.

This game came on the heels of Booth finally getting his first defensive snaps of the season in Week 5 against the Kansas City Chiefs. He played just four snaps in that game, but the Vikings may finally be finding ways to get their second-round pick into the defensive scheme.

Josh Frey is a Class of 2020 graduate of The College of Idaho and managing editor of PurplePTSD.com. When he’s not writing about the NFL, Josh enjoys running, gaming, or rooting for the Milwaukee Brewers and Bucks. Check out his Twitter account: @Freyed_Chicken.

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