Redrafting the Vikings rookie class after the 2022 season

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Second-Round Pick No. 1 (42nd overall)

Original Selection: Andrew Booth Jr. – CB (Clemson)

Redraft Selection: Jaquon Brisker – S (Penn State)

Like Lewis Cine, Andrew Booth Jr.’s rookie season was a wash due to injury. He was injured early and often, and when he did see the field, he was targeted heavily and gave up many completions. The Vikings would’ve been better off going with safety Jaquon Brisker, who made his impact felt from day one.

Brisker was a beast as a rookie. He racked up 104 total tackles, had five tackles for a loss, broke up two passes, forced a fumble, recovered a fumble, intercepted a pass, and had four sacks.

He was a menace to opposing offenses and was one of the lone bright spots on a Chicago Bears season that was forgettable and ultimately ended up netting them the first overall pick, as they were the worst team in the entire NFL.

Minnesota could’ve used a playmaking safety like Brisker this season. Far too often, receivers went basically unchallenged down the seams, in the middle, or deep. Brisker would’ve laid some wood, making them think twice about catching the ball across the middle again, and also could’ve provided some pass rush from the safety position.

Maybe the Vikings have a Brisker in Cine, but they won’t know that until year two. Right now, Brisker appears to be another talented guy Minnesota allowed to get to a division rival, and that could come back to haunt them down the road.