The rapid reaction is in, and NFL Media's Bucky Brooks thinks Minnesota got a good one in Lewis Cine.
Brooks offered pick-by-pick analysis for all 32 selections in Round 1 of the 2022 NFL Draft. The Vikings initially were slated to pick 12th but moved all the way down to 32 after a trade with the Lions.
Minnesota nabbed Cine, the former Georgia safety, as the evening wrapped up. Brooks sang Cine's praises, writing the following:
Cine is a knockout specialist with an aggressive game that enables him to flourish near the box as a run defender. The Georgia product is an outstanding tackler with enough range to control the box from depth while also flashing the athleticism to stay over the top in coverage.
View photos of Vikings S Lewis Cine's draft night as he was selected in the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft.
As far as Detroit's selection of Alabama receiver Jameson Williams, Brooks called it a risky move that could yield a high return for the division foe.
Williams is a "redshirt" candidate due to the torn ACL he suffered in the College Football Playoff National Championship Game, but his speed and big-play ability could help him emerge as a special player as a pro. If the Alabama standout returns to form, he'll have a chance to be the best value pick in the draft.
To see Brooks' full breakdown of Round 1, click here.
ESPN's Seifert shares pros and cons of Vikings 1st-round pick
With night one of the NFL Draft in the rearview mirror, ESPN asked its beat reporters to opine pros and cons of their respective teams' selections.
Kevin Seifert, who has recently returned to the Vikings beat, first spelled out what the Vikings saw in Cine. He wrote:
The Vikings have short- and long-term needs at the safety position. Xavier Woods departed via free agency, and Harrison Smith – while he is still playing at a high level – will be 33 this season. […] Second-year player Camryn Bynum said recently that he expects to win Woods' starting job, but clearly the Vikings had other ideas. Cine got experience at both safety and slot cornerback during his time at Georgia.
Worth noting in regards to Seifert's above comments is that Vikings Head Coach Kevin O'Connell said the safety spot will feature competition and that he "absolutely" sees scenarios in which Bynum, Cine and Smith all are on the field at once.
Cine certainly looks like a good get for Minnesota; there will naturally be questions, though, about the Vikings decision to move down 20 spots.
Seifert said time will tell if Minnesota made the right move Thursday.
There will be plenty said and written about the Vikings decision to trade down from No. 12, where they could have selected Notre Dame safety Kyle Hamilton, to No. 32. On paper, there is a dropoff from Hamilton to Cine. Is the gap small enough to justify the improved positioning the Vikings got via the trade? That question could take a few years to figure out. One thing we know for sure: Cine adds speed to the Vikings defense after running a 4.37 in the 40-yard dash.
That time in the 40 is tied for the ninth-fastest among safeties who have participated at the combine since 2013.
View photos of Georgia S Lewis Cine who was selected No. 32 overall in the First Round of the 2022 NFL Draft.
Farrar gives Vikings 'A' grade for Cine selection
USA TODAY's Doug Farrar is a big fan of the Vikings first day of the draft, giving them an “A” grade for their selection of Cine.
Though he didn't expect Minnesota to make such a big trade down, he doesn't mind the move considering the results. Farrar wrote:
The Vikings came into the 2022 draft with all kinds of needs in their secondary, so it was probably a bit of a surprise when they traded from 12 to 32. But here, they get the second-best safety in the class outside of Kyle Hamilton, and Cine is a hammerhead defender who will make this defense better right away. Moreover, there are still a lot of good cornerbacks on the board, and Minnesota has extra picks to deal with that.
Farrar compared Cine to Bengals safety Jessie Bates III.
Selected with the 54h_pick in the 2018 draft out of Wake Forest, Bates started his NFL career as a rangy safety with a ton of tools, and became one of the league's best and most underrated safeties both in the deep third and in the box when he put it all together. Cine can be that same style of player.