The logic behind the Vikings’ draft day trades with the Lions and Packers

The No. 1 story of Kwesi Adofo-Mensah’s first draft as general manager, more than any other individual player the Vikings drafted, revolves around the two major trades he made with the NFC North rivals .

On Thursday night, Adofo-Mensah sent picks Nos. 12 and 46 to the Lions for picks 32, 34 and 66. We knew a trade from 12 was a strong possibility, but going down 20 spots in a deal with a divisional opponent was shocking.

This decision was met with a mostly negative reaction from fans. Not only have the Vikings dropped the likes of Jameson Williams, Kyle Hamilton, Jordan Davis and Trent McDuffie, they now face Williams twice a year after being selected by the Lions at 12. Instead of taking the safe draft consensus from Hamilton, the Vikings fell 20 spots and took a different safety: Lewis Cine of Georgia.

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