EAGAN, Minn. — The Vikings began Friday by formally introducing first-round pick Lewis Cine during a press conference at Twin Cities Orthopedics Performance Center.
Less than four hours later, new Vikings General Manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah and the team was back on the clock with the 34th overall selection.
But not for long. The Vikings dealt the pick to the Green Bay Packers in exchange for the 53rd and 59th overall selections.
"The phone rings, man, and you pick it up," Adofo-Mensah shrugged when asked about trading with a divisional rival for a second consecutive day.
"Obviously there's people here in this organization that have been here longer than me, so those relations go back," Adofo-Mensah said. "A call was made, and obviously we thought heavily about, again, doing another trade for our division – for another receiver – and to that point on the board, I don't believe we had a corner yet. So believe me, the gravity of that was not lost on me, but again, you're supposed to make calculated decisions, and we did, and ultimately I think we were rewarded with what we did in the end."
Green Bay selected Christian Watson out of North Dakota State with the 34th pick, and the former Bison is expected to help the Packers offset the departure of Pro Bowl receiver Davante Adams.
The Vikings used the 53rd pick and packaged it with the 77th and 192nd overall selections to move back up the board and select Clemson cornerback Andrew Booth, Jr., at the 42nd spot.
Booth has been hampered by some health issues, but the Vikings and the former Tiger believe he'll be able to add length, athleticism and toughness to Minnesota's cornerbacks room.
"He's somebody that I started watching when I was in Cleveland, a really good corner. You're talking again about smart, tough, competitive. He is that," Adofo-Mensah said. "Feisty, will come up and challenge players in the pass game, will come up and challenge players in the run game, competitive, just an explosive athlete. We're really excited to have him. I think we got great value for the pick. Again, he adds to what we're building in our defense."
The 59th overall pick was used to select former LSU guard Ed Ingram, who was suspended by the Tigers for the entire 2018 season because of sexual assault allegations.
Adofo-Mensah declined to go into specifics of Minnesota's research on Ingram's situation but said the team went through "lots of conversations, digging, fact finding, like everything else we do."
"Again, because you're trying to bet on the character of the person, and really, that's an issue that's serious to me and serious to everybody, so I don't want to make light of it and I don't want to speak up here like I'm an expert and all of those things," Adofo-Mensah said. "We take that very seriously here, both in the organization, and me personally. Again, I think we're comfortable with the person."
The Vikings used the 66th overall pick, which was part of Thursday's deal with Detroit, to select linebacker Brian Asamoah, out of Oklahoma.
Adofo-Mensah and Asamoah connected through their Ghanaian heritage.
"That was a special call for me. I told him, 'Did you ever think you'd fulfill your NFL dream with somebody named Kwesi?' People call me Kwesi. It's pronounced differently where my family is from," Adofo-Mensah said. "He's through the moon, and that was a cool moment for both of us. You talk about the circle of life and all of that stuff, I'm turning on the film and I see the name, he reminds me of JOK (Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah) a little bit, so really explosive. People talk about size all of the time, but it's really, 'Can you get off blocks?' He doesn't stay blocked very long. He's explosive and has the range in our passing game to do everything we ask him to do."
So that's four picks, with a primary focus on defense, and from four spots that Minnesota was not at when the draft opened.
The Vikings enter the final day of the draft with the following five selections:
Round 4, 122nd overall
Round 5, 156th overall
Round 6, 184th overall
Round 6, 191st overall
Round 7, 250th overall
But as we've seen so far, that could change easily with another trade or two.