EAGAN, Minn. — The Vikings added to their offensive line group during the 2022 NFL Draft by tabbing tackle Vederian Lowe in the sixth round with the 184th overall pick.
A former standout at Illinois, Lowe will remain in Big Ten territory as he starts his NFL journey.
Here are five things to know about the new Viking:
1. Fighting Illini record
Lowe impressed during his time with the Fighting Illini, starting a school-record 52 games for Illinois.
The lineman earned Honorable Mention All-Big Ten honors in 2020 and 2021.
2. Family first
Lowe and his wife Haylee have two young sons, Trey and Kingston, who are just shy of 1 and 3 years old, respectively.
He additionally gained legal guardianship of his 15-year-old brother, Vydalis, after the tragic death of their mother, who passed away three years ago.
Though Lowe acknowledged he's "been through the ringer" of adversity, he carries a lot of optimism about life and appreciates the opportunity to anchor a loving family.
"Me and my brother are total opposites. I'm the sports guy, always been the sports guy. He's always been the smart kid; he likes video games and stuff like that. We're definitely polar opposites," Lowe laughed after being drafted. "[But] We're all very happy; we're very happy that we're going to be in Minnesota."
3. Giving spirit
Having a wife and three young men to look after keeps Lowe busy, but he always makes time for other community members, as well.
In 2019, Lowe autographed a pair of his gloves and gave them to an 8-year-old Illini fan who received gloves from another player but had them taken.
4. Reared in Rockford
Lowe is a native of Rockford, Illinois, where he played at Auburn High School.
As a senior, Lowe helped Auburn to a 10-2 record and the Illinois state quarterfinals.
Lowe is one of just two players from Illinois on the Vikings roster, joining linebacker Tuf Borland (Bolingbrook).
View photos of Illinois T Vederian Lowe who was selected No. 184 overall in the sixth round of the 2022 NFL Draft.
5. Earned his degree
Lowe graduated in December 2021 with a bachelor's degree in communication.
In his Instagram post about the event, Lowe said he'd made "this promise to my mother that I would finish college."
"Graduating from one of the best universities in the country means absolutely everything to me, and I forever cherish this," Lowe wrote.