Redrafting the Vikings rookie class after the 2022 season

(Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images) Brock Purdy
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(Photo by Steph Chambers/Getty Images) Tariq Woolen /

Second-Round Pick No. 2 (59th overall)

Original Selection: Ed Ingram – OG (LSU)

Redraft Selection: Tariq Woolen – CB (UTSA)

Tariq Woolen turned out to be one of the biggest steals of the entire 2022 NFL Draft. It was a bit shocking that he fell to the fifth round as he was seen as a potential second-round pick due to his combination of size and speed. The only concern was that he was a bit raw, having only played corner for two seasons in college.

Instead of taking Woolen, the Minnesota Vikings took LSU guard Ed Ingram. They did get a decent return from Ingram, as he started every single game at right guard, but the quality of that return wasn’t great.

Ingram was very poor in pass protection and stepped on his quarterback’s foot more than once, causing him to fall to the ground and waste a down. He never really seemed to improve in this area over the course of the season, and he shouldn’t be handed the starting role in 2023.

Woolen was a key part of the Seahawks’ surprising 2022 season. He started all 17 games, had 63 total tackles, broke up an impressive 16 passes, recovered three fumbles, had six interceptions, and even took one to the house. He was a beast, and those fears about him being a project were definitely unfounded.