Lewis Cine
No. 6 – Minnesota Vikings
Position:Strong safety
Personal information
Born: (1999-10-05) October 5, 1999 (age 23)
Haiti
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:199 lb (90 kg)
Career information
High school:Everett High School
(Everett, Massachusetts), Trinity Christian
(Cedar Hill, Texas)
College:Georgia (2019–2021)
NFL Draft:2022 / Round: 1 / Pick: 32
Career history
Roster status:Injured reserve
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2022
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

Lewis Tom Cine (/sn/ SEEN; born October 5, 1999) is a Haitian-born American football strong safety for the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Georgia and was drafted by the Vikings in the first round of the 2022 NFL Draft.

Early life and high school

Cine was born on October 5, 1999, in Haiti and immigrated to the United States at age four, originally settling with his family in Florida before moving to Everett, Massachusetts.[1] He initially attended Everett High School.[2] As a junior, he was named the Massachusetts Defensive Player of the Year by USA Today after recording 65 tackles, two sacks, two interceptions, two fumble recoveries, and a blocked kick as Everett won a second straight MIAA state championship.[3][4] After the retirement of Everett's coach at the end of the season, Cine moved to Cedar Hill, Texas, to live with an uncle and enrolled at Trinity Christian School for his senior year.[1] While at Cedar Hill, he was coached by Hall of Fame cornerback Deion Sanders.[5] Cine committed to play college football at Georgia over offers from Texas, Michigan, Penn State, and Florida.[6]

College career

Cine played in all 14 of Georgia's games during his freshman season and started the final two.[7] He was named a starting safety for the Bulldogs going into his sophomore season.[8] Cine finished the season with 49 tackles and 12 passes broken up over ten starts and was ejected from the team's game against Florida after drawing a targeting penalty.[9][10] On January 15, 2022, Cine declared for the 2022 NFL Draft.[11] Cine was selected by the Minnesota Vikings as the last pick in the first round of the draft.

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split Vertical jump Broad jump
6 ft 2+14 in
(1.89 m)
199 lb
(90 kg)
32+14 in
(0.82 m)
9+38 in
(0.24 m)
4.37 s 1.45 s 2.48 s 37.0 in
(0.94 m)
11 ft 1 in
(3.38 m)
All values from NFL Combine/Pro Day[12][13]

Minnesota Vikings

Cine was selected with the 32nd overall pick by the Minnesota Vikings in the 2022 NFL Draft.[14] In Week 4 against the New Orleans Saints, Cine suffered a compound fracture injury to his lower left leg during a punt coverage play, which required two surgeries, ending his rookie season.[15]

References

  1. ^ a b Towers, Chip (August 23, 2021). "The 'why' for Georgia's Lewis Cine is his mother, daughter". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Retrieved September 24, 2021.
  2. ^ Weitzer, Nate (September 6, 2017). "Here's the perfect antidote for high school football's spread offenses". The Boston Globe. Retrieved September 24, 2021.
  3. ^ "DFW Elite: Introducing four-star safety Lewis Cine". Fort Worth Star-Telegram. March 20, 2018. Retrieved September 24, 2021.
  4. ^ Hilbert, Evan (December 27, 2017). "2017 ALL-USA Massachusetts Football Team". USATodayHSS.com. Retrieved September 24, 2021.
  5. ^ Hamilton, Gerald (October 10, 2018). "Lewis Cine, No. 3-ranked safety in 2019 class, commits to Georgia". ESPN.com. Retrieved September 24, 2021.
  6. ^ "Four-star TC-Cedar Hill DB Lewis Cine commits to Georgia". The Dallas Morning News. October 10, 2018. Retrieved September 24, 2021.
  7. ^ "Georgia football's Lewis Cine hopes to shine for 2 people". The Telegraph. Mar 23, 2020. Retrieved September 24, 2021.
  8. ^ "Hard-hitting Cine giving Bulldogs a boost in secondary". The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. November 25, 2020. Retrieved September 24, 2021.
  9. ^ Butt, Jason (May 11, 2021). "The Daily Recap: Lewis Cine's 'time to shine'". Rivals.com. Retrieved September 24, 2021.
  10. ^ "Dogs Lewis Cline ejected for targeting UF tight end Kyle Pitts". The Florida Times-Union. November 7, 2020. Retrieved September 24, 2021.
  11. ^ "BREAKING: Lewis Cine Says Goodbye to Georgia".
  12. ^ "Lewis Cine Draft and Combine Prospect Profile". NFL.com. Retrieved April 29, 2022.
  13. ^ "2022 Draft Scout Lewis Cine, Georgia NFL Draft Scout College Football Profile". draftscout.com. Retrieved April 29, 2022.
  14. ^ Smith, Eric (April 28, 2022). "Vikings Draft Georgia Safety Lewis Cine with 32nd Overall Pick". Vikings.com.
  15. ^ Peters, Craig (October 4, 2022). "Lewis Cine Placed on Injured Reserve as Vikings Make Roster Moves". Vikings.com.