New Vikings Safety Says He’ll Bring Dubs to Minneapolis
Minnesota Vikings general manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah had “a type” early in the 2022 NFL Draft.
His first three selections were men who reached or won a National Championship in college. Andrew Booth, Adofo-Mensah’s first 2nd-Rounder, was a participant in the 2021 National Championship for the Clemson Tigers. Later in Round 2, the new Vikings boss found Ed Ingram, who won a championship with Justin Jefferson and the LSU Tigers in 2020.
But before those picks, Adofo-Mensah drafted Lewis Cine, a safety from the 2022 National Champion Georgia Bulldogs.
According to Cine, he is well aware of the Vikings desire to “win now,’ even citing his recent pedigree for victories.
And Cine will be asked for help with that replication immediately. Adofo-Mensah and his handpicked head coach Kevin O’Connell replaced Rick Spielman and Mike Zimmer three months ago, owning the perfect opportunity to steer the franchise in any direction he saw fit. Many expected the young, idealistic general manager to rebuild. He did not.
Instead, Adofo-Mensah largely recommitted to the same roster while preaching a motto of “living in the present and the future” with a mentality he calls competitively rebuilding. It’s a mantra used by sturdy franchises like the Kansas City Chiefs, Pittsburgh Steelers, and New England Patriots. But, for some reason, the Vikings have taken some heat from fans for not embarking on assured short-term futility via rebuilding.
Regardless, Minnesota has every intention of playing at a high level in 2022, so drafting players like Cine — with championship pedigrees — adds up.
It just so happens that Cine agrees with the “win now” mindset and promises to duplicate his Bulldog habits in the NFC North.
With any luck, the other “championship guys,” Booth and Ingram, will help, too.
Dustin Baker is a political scientist who graduated from the University of Minnesota in 2007. Subscribe to his daily YouTube Channel, VikesNow. He hosts a podcast with Bryant McKinnie, which airs every Wednesday with Raun Sawh and Sally from Minneapolis. His Viking fandom dates back to 1996. Listed guilty pleasures: Peanut Butter Ice Cream, ‘The Sopranos,’ and The Doors (the band).