5 Minnesota Vikings players to build around for future success

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Although Lewis Cine has yet to play a down for the Minnesota Vikings, the first-round selection looks like a player that can become a key piece in any long-term success that comes their way.

Cine played a significant role for the Georgia Bulldogs during their emphatic national championship triumph in 2021. Pairing him with Harrison Smith on the backend will do wonders for his initial development before potentially assuming a prominent leadership role once the perennial All-Pro hangs up his cleats.

That might be some way off.

For now, at least.

What’s important for Cine is integrating himself quickly onto Minnesota’s defense and taking in as much information as possible about what it takes from Smith, who is a strong candidate for a future Pro Football Hall of Fame induction.

Cine is a heavy hitter who is going to become an instant fan favorite. There might be a mistake or two right out of the gate, but it would be a huge surprise if the safety didn’t become an immediate contributor with such an outstanding skill set.

If Cine can install enough confidence initially, then the Vikings will rightfully feel confident about building around the defensive back in 2023 and beyond.

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