The Vikings still are looking for someone to step up at the middle linebacker spot with the draft over, and could still take a look at former Chicago Bear LB Brian Urlacher.
The Vikings took two linebackers in the draft on Saturday, Gerald Hodges (fourth round) and Michael Mauti (seventh round) were teammates at Penn State – but only Mauti is likely to compete in the middle.
That means the Vikings could move Erin Henderson from the weak-side to the middle, they could look at 2012 seventh-round pick Audie Cole or they could hope that Mauti recovers from surgery he had to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee suffered last November. That was the third time Mauti suffered a torn ACL and the second time he tore his left one.
There also is a possibility the Vikings could look at veterans remaining on the free-agent market, such as Urlacher.
“We’re going to sit and assess what we have,” Spielman said. “Everybody was a little bit tired so I wasn’t going to sit there and have a personnel meeting with the coaches tonight. We’ll get to that on Monday and kind of see where we’re at.
“We signed a couple of linebackers, another linebacker in college free agency (Saturday), so we’ll see where we’re at and go from there.”
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