5 prospects in play if the Vikings trade down in the 2022 NFL Draft

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Andrew Booth Jr. – CB (Clemson)

As stated in the introduction, the Vikings need an outside cornerback. They’d love to see Derek Stingley Jr. still on the board at pick No. 12, but if he’s gone, the team could look to move down a bit and then target Andrew Booth Jr. out of Clemson.

Booth has the size needed at 6-feet and 194 pounds. What makes him an ideal fit for the outside is his long lanky arms. That arm length will definitely help him match up with some of the bigger receivers in the league, always giving him a shot at a jump ball.

He’s a fluid mover who excels at tracking the ball and has shown some top-notch playmaking ability. Booth also is aggressive in run support and will fly up out of the secondary to come up and lay a big hit on a ball carrier.

Booth sometimes gets too aggressive and will bite on a play-action fake, but that gambling mentality will also have its payoffs, so there will be some give and take when it comes to big plays. Booth is also coming off a recent core surgery, and while he’s supposed to be ready to roll by the time training camp starts, that is always something that negatively impacts a prospect’s stock on draft day.

Booth Jr. would be a day one starter for the Vikings and someone they could definitely select if they move back into the 20s.