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5 Things to Know About Vikings Rookie T Vederian Lowe

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.