4 biggest Minnesota Vikings draft and UDFA steals in 2022

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(Photo by Ken Ruinard-USA TODAY Sports) Andrew Booth Jr. /

Andrew Booth Jr. – CB

Had Andrew Booth Jr. not dealt with some injury problems at Clemson, there is a high chance he’d have been a top-end first-round selection. As it turned out, the gifted cornerback fell into the second round and into the Vikings’ hands at No. 42 overall.

This filled a key need for Minnesota despite the organization spending a wealth of first-round draft capital on players at the position. Booth is the latest to arrive with lofty expectations, and he has turned out in 22 games over the past two seasons with the Tigers, so this could also indicate that the complications he suffered in 2019 are now behind him.

Booth looks like a shutdown corner thanks to his speed, instincts, and sharp closing speed. This is matched by the right sort of attitude that could see him become an instant fan favorite in no time at all.

There are very few flaws in Booth’s game. But the player will need to get a little stronger in press coverage, and he also has some technical issues that need to be resolved in pursuit of making the most out of his exceptional physical attributes.

The Vikings have Cameron Dantzler and Patrick Peterson, which could allow Booth a little extra time to develop. Although those in power within the organization did not draft him as high as they did for him to become a bystander during his rookie campaign.