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‘Vikings Got One of My Man Crushes’: Former NFL QB gushes about first-round picks

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The Minnesota Vikings selected Georgia safety Lewis Cine with the last pick of the first round after trading down from 12th spot — a move that has come under close scrutiny based on players still available before the trade.

That included consensus top safety Kyle Hamilton, who the Baltimore Ravens picked 14th overall.

However, general manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah was enthusiastic about the value of Cine’s 32nd pick pick, which he received in a trade with the Detroit Lions. The Vikings had the second-best safety of the draft (which Adofo-Mensah said they watched her in the teens of the draft), along with a second-round climb of 12 spots and a third-round pick.

How Cine (pronounced seen) compares to Hamilton this upcoming season will be closely followed by critics of the New Regime’s trade.

However, NBC Sports analyst and former NFL quarterback Chris Simms gushed about Minnesota’s picks from Cine.

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simms tweeted Shortly after Minnesota closed day one of the draft with overwhelming praise for Cine.

“Lewis Cinema. The man is a sledgehammer. He. hit. All. And yet has an incredible ability to plant his foot in the ground and drive for cover,” Simms said. “@Vikings has a crush on one of my men.”

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On the Chris Simms unbuttoned Podcast ranked Simms Cine as the second-best safety in its draft class behind Hamilton.

“This is another one of my favorite watches in the design – no matter the position – I’m just a sucker for guys who can fly and don’t care about their bodies,” Simms said. “He’s got three rockets up his butt and running through brick walls? Sign me up.”

Cine was the leading tackle for Georgia’s defense that choked Alabama at the College Football National Championship and helped the Bulldogs win their first national championship since 1980 with a 33-18 win last February. Cine was named Georgia Defensive Most Valuable Player in the national championship and became the sixth member of the Georgia defense to be selected in the first round.

He recorded 73 total tackles (43 solo) with two tackles for losses, one interception and nine pass defenses last season as a junior, making him the best Pro Football Focus (PFF) defensive class (87.3) any SEC Security.

At 6-foot-1, 202 pounds, Cine is a sure tackler, missing just 6.9% of tackles and holding his own in cover throughout his collegiate career. His 40th time of 4.37 seconds ranked in the 97th percentile for his position, along with his height in the 94th percentile per PFF.

Cine also recorded the third highest PFF wins over the reserve class (WAR) of any player in the draft.

While there is skepticism as to why the Vikings dumped Hamilton and went for Cine instead, it depends on whether Hamilton was worth No. 12 overall rather than raising more draft capital for Cine, which Adofo-Mensah allegedly held as well high reputation at Hamilton.

A Georgia fan vouched for Cine, who despite being the sixth member of the Bulldogs defense has untapped potential.

The Athletic’s Dane Brugler told Vikings.com that Cine “is a guy who you think is an aspiring player. You love his football IQ and he plays fast, but you wish he would make more plays on the ball to create interceptions. But he’ll come downhill and hit you, he’s that kind of safety. He could sneak into the first round.

Cine also recorded the third highest PFF wins over the reserve class (WAR) of any player in the draft.



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