The Vikings will see what former Pittsburgh Steelers defensive tackle Isaiah Buggs has to offer at that position. Buggs joins the Vikings’ rookie minicamp on a tryout basis, per Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network. The Steelers drafted Buggs out of Alabama in the sixth round of the 2021 NFL Draft. In his three years with Pittsburgh, Buggs appeared in 29 games and started in seven. In 2021, Buggs started in six games for the Steelers and totaled 17 tackles with two tackles for loss. In his NFL career, Buggs tallied 31 tackles and two tackles for loss.

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Buggs ranked as a three-star recruit and the No. 68 player at his position in the 2015 signing class, per the 247Sports rankings. After playing junior college football at Mississippi Gulf Coast, Buggs joined the Crimson Tide in 2017, and broke out in the 2018 campaign. That year, Buggs notched 52 tackles, 13.5 tackles for loss, and 9.5 sacks as he earned second-team All-SEC honors.

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With Vikings minicamp scheduled for May 13-15, Buggs has that window to show the team that he is worth a look in training camp this fall. If Buggs is able to earn a roster spot in Minnesota, he reunites with his former Alabama teammate Dalvin Tomlinson on the defensive line. Tomlinson comes off his first season in Minnesota after signing a two-year contract worth up to $22 million last offseason.

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The Vikings also made defense a priority in the 2022 NFL Draft by selecting Georgia defensive back Lewis Cine with the last pick in the first round. Cine was a big part of the elite defense that powered Georgia to a national championship last season, and he discussed what it was like to go from that situation to being a rookie on an NFL roster.

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“It’s a process I’ve been through so many times before, from middle school to high school to college, where you restart right back to ground zero,” Cine said. “With me, I’ve always taken it with a humble step – coming in, learning, finding the older vets, learning from them, trying to follow in their footsteps in how they do things the right way. And kind of take that step to see where it leads me to, and it’s always done right by me, and I don’t plan on stopping it.”