Vikings’ Kwesi Adofo-Mensah doesn’t get enough respect in GM rankings

The Minnesota Vikings have themselves a good general manager in Kwesi Adofo-Mensah. They don’t have a ton to show for it yet and that impacts how he is viewed throughout the league.

The Vikings do have a 13-win season under their belt with Adofo-Mensah leading the charge, but a 7-10 season with an uncertain future at quarterback has him lower in Pat Daugherty of NBC Sports’ rankings at 17th.

There’s never a dull moment in the Vikings’ front office. Like Rick Spielman before him, Kwesi Adofo-Mensah seems to get chaos, whether he courts it or not. First, there was the negative point differential 13-4 playoff campaign. Next, there was the four-quarterback fiasco season that still came shockingly close to producing a postseason berth. That’s just how things go in Minnesota, though the similarities to Spielman stop there. Whereas Spielman was famous for hoarding draft picks — he made 26 selections his final two years on the job — Adofo-Mensah has been prone to using them in trade-ups. He has made a modest 13 picks across his past two springs in charge. One of them was on J.J. McCarthy after not one but two moves up. That was Adofo-Mensah putting his stamp on the game’s signature position. Adofo-Mensah went on a free agent spring shopping spree — Jonathan Greenard, Andrew Van Ginkel, Blake Cashman, Aaron Jones, etc. — but it is his unorthodox moves to acquire an unorthodox franchise player that will make-or-break his Vikings tenure.

Whenever we see someone talk about Adofo-Mensah’s moves, they always focus on the process. It’s always “Adofo-Mensah hasn’t made enough picks” or “he gave up too much in his trades.” Rarely do you see the discussion focused on how good the players are.

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The picks of J.J. McCarthy and Dallas Turner will be a major factor in how Adofo-Mensah will be viewed moving forward. Is 17 fair for right now? 

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