EAGAN, Minn. — The Minnesota Vikings continued their transition to an analytics-focused front office on Monday, hiring Demitrius Washington to the newly created role of vice president of football operations.
Washington worked for seven seasons in the research and development department of the San Francisco 49ers, including five alongside current Vikings general manager Kwesi Adofo-Mensah. He holds a master’s degree in business administration with a major in finance and analytics from the University of Missouri.
During the 2020-21 season, he was responsible for improving the 49ers’ optimization and process, and developing statistical analytics for player evaluation, acquisition and strategy.
“[Washington] is one of the most gifted people I’ve met in my time in the NFL,” Adofo-Mensah said in a statement. “He is able to learn complex ideas, make them simple and apply them in all facets of the organization. He has learned from some of the best minds in the game today and he will continue to thrive in his role with the Vikings.”
Adofo-Mensah, who holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in economics, began his career as a commodities trader before joining the 49ers in 2013. He made a league-high six trades during the 2022 NFL Draft, including two with divisional opponents, an early sign. of the analytical process he is implementing in Minnesota.