Every One of Kwesi Adofo-Mensah’s Draft Picks

The 2023 NFL Draft Order Is Set
Jan 15, 2023; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Vikings general manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah looks on before a wild card game between the Minnesota Vikings and the New York Giants at U.S. Bank Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Krohn-USA TODAY Sports.

Admittedly, listing out all of Kwesi Adofo-Mensah’s draft picks is the least impressive entry in the site’s recently-launched Section 121. After all, the curious reader could simply hop over to a spot like Pro Football Reference or the team’s website to acquire the basic facts.

Stick with us on this one.

Previously, we’ve published The Complete Kwesi Trade Tracker, The Roster Tug of War Between Rick Spielman and Kwesi Adofo-Mensah, and The Vikings’ Draft Pick War Chest. The further we venture into the offseason, the more we’ll be building up the archive of knowledge. There are a few pieces in the works, with the draft picks being (obviously) the latest addition.

Draft Prospect
Jul 28, 2022; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Minnesota Vikings general manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah. Mandatory Credit: Matt Krohn-USA TODAY Sports.

The point, folks, is to continue building the knowledge base that resides in Section 121. Our goal is to offer a comprehensive, far-reaching set of articles that provide helpful information, facts, and details about the recent history of the Vikings (as always, I’ll acknowledge my human frailties and humbly ask for correction if an error is spotted – @VikingsGazette).

And, of course, putting the draft picks into a piece like this one provides us with the chance to glean some insights while looking for patterns. After listing out the players, draft status, position, and college info, I take a few moments to make note of some trends and tendencies.

2023 NFL Draft
Apr 26, 2018; Arlington, TX, USA; Dallas Cowboys on the clock in the first round of the 2018 NFL Draft at AT&T Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Tim Heitman-USA TODAY Sports

As he gets further into his career as a GM, Adofo-Mensah will continue to expose his own habits and preferences, patterns and tendencies. In the meantime, we’ll make do with what we have since we already have enough information to start making some tentative conclusions.

Kwesi Adofo-Mensah’s Drafts Picks

The Vikings’ 2022 NFL Draft

PlayerRound & NumberPosition College Conference
Cine, Lewis1st RD – 32nd SafetyGeorgia SEC
Booth Jr., Andrew2nd RD – 42nd CornerClemsonACC
Ingram, Ed2nd RD – 59th GuardLSUSEC
Asamoah, Brian3rd RD – 66th LinebackerOklahoma Big 12
Evans, Akayleb4th RD – 118th CornerMissouriSEC
Otomewo, Esezi5th RD – 165th Defensive EndMinnesotaBig 10
Chandler, Ty5th RD – 169th Running BackNorth CarolinaACC
Lowe, Vederian6th RD – 184th Offensive TackleIllinoisBig 10
Nailor, Jalen6th RD – 191stWide ReceiverMichigan St.Big 10
Muse, Nick7th RD – 227thTight EndSouth CarolinaSEC

The Vikings’ 2023 NFL Draft

PlayerRound & NumberPositionCollegeConference
Addison, Jordan1st RD – 23rd Wide ReceiverUSCPac-12
Blackmon, Mekhi3rd RD – 102nd CornerUSCPac-12
Ward, Jay4th RD – 134th Defensive BackLSUSEC
Roy, Jaquelin5th RD – 141st Defensive TackleLSUSEC
Hall, Jaren5th RD – 164thQuarterbackBYUIndependent
McBride, DeWayne7th RD – 222ndRunning BackUABConference USA

The Vikings’ 2024 NFL Draft

PlayerRound & NumberPositionCollegeConference
McCarthy, J.J.1st RD – 10thQuarterbackMichiganBig 10
Turner, Dallas1st RD – 17thEdge RusherAlabama SEC
Jackson, Khyree4th RD – 108thCornerOregon
Rouse, Walter6th RD – 177thOffensive TackleOklahoma
Reichard, Will6th RD – 203rd KickerAlabamaSEC
Jurgens, Michael7th RD – 230thCenter/GuardWake Forest
Rodriguez, Levi Drake7th RD – 232ndDefensive TackleTexas A&M Commerce
More info about the draft on PurplePTSD.

Scattered Facts, Notes, & Observations

1) Of Kwesi’s 16 selections, only a single one was made in a pick slot originally owned by the Vikings. That resulted in Jordan Addison. Even then, the option was there for a trade involving the 2023 1st, but Adofo-Mensah and Kevin O’Connell decided to stick in their original spot.

2) Across the pair of drafts, Kwesi Adofo-Mensah pulled off an impressive 9 trades. How many of the trades has he won? That’s a debate that’s still ongoing.

3) The defensive backfield has been a major priority. Lewis Cine, Andrew Booth Jr., and Akayleb Evans were the initial trio. As an encore, the Vikings opted for Mekhi Blackmon and Jay Ward. So, what we have is a total of 16 selections and 5 of them being devoted to the back of the defense. In a bit more than a year on the job, Kwesi Adofo-Mensah completely redid the Vikings corner position.

4) Analytics nerds will tell you that drafting a running back high in a draft is a misguided thing to do. Well, Adofo-Mensah – an economist by trade and an analytics aficionado – has been through a pair of drafts and has drafted a pair of RBs. The higher pick is Chandler, but he went 169th. If Chandler and/or McBride really break out, the Vikings fans who lean against sinking a ton into RB will be vindicated.

5) As of right now, LSU stands out as the program that’s most favored by Adofo-Mensah. A trio of current Vikings – Ed Ingram, Jay Ward, & Jaquelin Roy – are from that program. Don’t forget that Minnesota has benefited greatly by drafting their players before. Justin Jefferson has worked out pretty well, and so too has Danielle Hunter. Keep an eye on LSU in future years.

6) So far, not a single pick has been sunk into a specialist. In many ways, that’s not particularly noteworthy since we’re only dealing with a couple drafts. That being said, we’ll need to keep monitoring the situation. The long snapper, first-team All Pro Andrew DePaola, is playing on a large new deal but kicker Greg Joseph just has the single season on his contract (hop over to Over the Cap for more info). Meanwhile, 2022 UDFA Ryan Wright is manning the punter spot.

7) The SEC is well represented, seeing a half dozen players leave the conference to don the Purple & Gold.

8) So far, there’s an even split between offense and defense. The GM has devoted 8 picks to each side in his still-young career as Minnesota’s lead executive. Obviously, we’ll need more time to assess whether there ends up being more effort to bolster one side over the other. As of right now, the balance is as even as it gets.

Last Update: Wednesday, May 7th, 2024.