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5 Things to Know About New Vikings Safety Lewis Cine

EAGAN, Minn. — The Vikings had to wait all the way until the final pick Thursday night, but Minnesota added a dynamic player in the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft.

Minnesota selected safety Lewis Cine with the 32nd pick, a move that added the former Georgia standout to the secondary.

Analytics website Pro Football Focus ranked Cine as the draft's No. 2 safety prospect. The junior is listed at 6-foot-2 and 199 pounds on his bio page.

Here are five things to know about the Vikings 2022 first-round draft pick.

1. He's a Dawg

Cine played in 39 career games at Georgia, registering 27 starts for the Bulldogs.

He played in 15 games in 2021 as he helped Georgia win the College Football Playoff National Championship. Cine was named Defensive MVP of the title game after posting seven tackles with a tackle for loss and a pass breakup.

He recorded 73 total tackles (43 solo) with two tackles for loss, one interception and nine passes defensed this past season.

2. Plenty of accolades

Besides the Defensive MVP award above, Cine also brought home some additional honors this past season.

The safety earned Third-Team All-America honors from The Associated Press. He was also named a First-Team All-SEC selection by media members and was a Second-Team All-SEC selection by conference coaches.

Cine was also a semifinalist for the Jim Thorpe Award, which is given to the nation's top defensive back.

3. Quite the journey

Cine's football journey will now take him to Minnesota, one of many stops over the past few years.

Cine was born in Haiti and grew up in Florida before eventually beginning his high school football career on the East Coast.

He initially played for Everett High School in Massachusetts, where he was named the state Defensive Player of the Year as a junior. Cine then transferred to Trinity Christian High School in Texas, where he won a state title his senior season.

View photos of Vikings S Lewis Cine's draft night as he was selected in the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft.

The safety was a top prep recruit by then before landing at Georgia.

Draft expert Dane Brugler of The Athletic provided a breakdown of Cine:

"He has one of the more unique journeys I've seen," Brugler told "Born in Haiti, grew up in Florida, learned to play football in Boston, was a top recruit in Texas and earned All-America status at Georgia. It doesn't get much more diverse than that.

"He's a guy you feel like is an ascending player. You love his football IQ and he plays fast, but you wish he made more plays on the ball in creating interceptions," Brugler added. "But he'll come downhill and hit you, he's that type of enforcing safety. He could sneak into the first round."

4. A 1st in the 1st

Cine on Thursday became the first Georgia player drafted by the Vikings in a first round in franchise history.

He also became the second player ever picked 32nd overall by the Vikings, joining QB Teddy Bridgewater in 2014.

Cine helped Georgia set a program record with five players taken in the first round. The Bulldogs previous high was three such picks in 2018.

The Jaguars took edge rusher Travon Walker at No. 1, while defensive tackle Jordan Davis was picked 13th by the Eagles and linebacker Quay Walker was tabbed at No. 22 by Green Bay. The Packers then took defensive lineman Devonte Wyatt with the 28th pick before Minnesota selected Cine.

View photos of Georgia S Lewis Cine who was selected No. 32 overall in the First Round of the 2022 NFL Draft.

5. Family first

Cine has spoken in the past about the importance of family.

He referenced the impact both his mother and daughter have had on his life.

Cine wore No. 16 in college to honor his mother, Beatrice Seide, who had him at that age.

Cine is also the father of a young daughter named Bella.