Passing on Kyle Hamilton
The Vikings did manage to get themselves a starting-caliber safety in the form of Lewis Cine, who arrives at the organization on the back of an exceptional campaign with the Georgia Bulldogs en route to a convincing national championship.
However, there was a huge opportunity to take a generational talent at No. 12 overall that the Vikings passed up.
Kyle Hamilton was arguably the most talented prospect in the 2022 class. His production at Notre Dame was nothing short of outstanding and there appears little doubt more of the same is coming now that the defensive back is in a professional environment.
Many expected Hamilton to drop due to positional importance. Five defensive players went in the opening five selections, which resulted in a run in offensive tackles and wide receivers to see the player slide out of the top-10.
This obviously brought about some deliberation within Minnesota’s war room. But they traded out of the spot and allowed the Baltimore Ravens to grab Hamilton instead.
Putting Hamilton alongside All-Pro Harrison Smith had the makings of a sensational tandem. If Cine cannot meet expectations, then this is something that the Vikings might end up regretting when it’s all said and done.