Could Urlacher Still Be An Option At MLB For Vikings?

Brian Urlacher

With the draft over, the Vikings still have a hole to fill at middle linebacker.

The Vikings took two linebackers 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 former Chicago Bear Brian 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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9 Responses to “Could Urlacher Still Be An Option At MLB For Vikings?”

  1. purplereign57 says:

    Michael Mauti, Gerald Hodges, Audie Cole, and Erin Henderson. these are four mediocre players at best. Since Erin Henderson has more NFL experience, I’d give him a slight edge, although Audie Cole has seen some playing time. The word is that Cole would see most of his playing time on special teams. Erin Henderson is not a great cover man, and bites on too many fakes. I think that Mauti might end up being cut, or put on the practice squad at best. His numerous injuries, I believe, will end up haunting him and greatly reduce the possibility that he can withstand play ay an NFL level. Gerald Hodges seems to have a pretty good upside, and I think has the best possibility to be the #2 man behind Henderson, but he’s a rookie, so that remains to be seen. The bottom line is that the Vikings did not address their need at MLB in this year’s draft. They had a stellar first round, but traded away far too much to get Cordarelle Patterson, although I’m glad we got him. I’m worried, though, that his one year of college experience is going to bite him in the butt hard at the NFL level. He’s talented, and some of the tape on him is spectacular. We’ll see. I personally wanted them to get DeAndre Hopkins, but he got snagged up before the Vikings picked their WR at #29. The fact is that MLB is a position that is still a hole in the Viking defense, and the players that they have available, I don’t think can fill adequately. Final thought from me is this…talk to Brian Urlacher, give him a relatively attractive offer to sign for a year, maybe two, and let ALL of Minnesota’s linebackers learn from him, because the fact is that Urlacher is still better than any of the linebackers the vikings have. The trading away of those four draft picks for Patterson was sort of a back breaker, and probably cost them an NFL caliber MLB. They should have worked the trade to be a 3rd, 4th, a 7th and another player off of the squad for Patterson…maybe Gerhart, or A.J.Jefferson…or both. New England ended up getting one of the WR’s I was wanting Minnesota to look closely at anyway in Aaron Dobson. He’s big, physical, has moves and can run routes, and has glue on his hands. Justin Hunter was another WR that they could’ve seriously considerd…Patterson’s teammate from Tennessee. He’s also very good and stands 6’4″. I guess they got who they wanted, and it’s really OK with me, BUT now they STILL need a good MLB, and I think they should talk a lot of stuff to Urlacher. He’s the BEST option they have.

  2. Everyone is getting so uptight about our MLB vacancy. But if we plug in Vet. Marvin Mitchell for Brinkly we probably improve believe it or not. We drafted LBs wisely in the late rounds. It will be interesting to see how it all plays out. If all goes well we could see two new LB’s on the field with Greenway in 2013.

    • Ty says:

      I hope you are right in your assessment of Mauti Hodges, and Mitchell. I have read that Hodges has a huge upside, and with a little experience under his belt, can be a better than average starter. I’ll take your word on Mauti, but all of those ACL injuries and operations still worry me. I don’t know much about Mitchell, but his name is very familiar. I’ve heard it mentioned a lot. Who did he play for before coming to Minnesota? Was it Pittsburgh? I don’t know, but for some reason, that sounds right, but I don’t know for sure. Anyway, we certainly need to have a couple more LB’s that can be NFL caliber starters that would strengthen the defense. If that can happen, we could see a very improved Viking team, defensively, offensively, and special teams as well with the addition of Cordarrell Patterson, and his return abilities. I sure would like to see the Vikings fly by the Peckers to take the division and make a nice, deep playoff run. Perhaps because they are so young, maybe not the Super Bowl this coming season, but in a season or two, it would really be sweet as pie to see them hoist the Lombardi trophy. At any rate, they should be a lot of fun to watch while their young bucks and rookies mature and keep getting better.

  3. PURPLEREIGN57,
    If Mauti rehabs great and stays healthy he will be our starting MLB. The kid is a “BALLER”!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Also by the way, Mike Mayock says Hodge is a starting LB in the NFL all day.

  4. Dito two the last two comments

  5. We will just have to wait and see how it all plays out with the LB’s. But it looks good. A lot of strong compition! We are going to have one kick ass defense this year!!!!

  6. Ty,
    How about Rhodes? If he is good as advertised, a shut down corner would be a stellar pick up. Rhodes, Cook, Harrison Smith,and Sanford in the secondary is pretty killer if you ask me.

    • Ty says:

      Greenway will be the mainstay once again. Erin Henderson will have to step it up a couple notches to hold down the middle, beyond that, it’s a crap shoot probably between all of the rookies, and Audie Cole, and even though he had a great game against Buffalo in the preseason last year, I’m still not too high on him ’cause he hasn’t done anything since. The word is Gerald Hodges has a huge upside, and will be really good, possibly good enough to be a starter. That would be a great thing. Our linebackers are one of our weakest spots, let’s hope that this coming season, that changes for the better. The Vikings also need to improve their pass rush, and they might just be able to do that with the addition of Sharif Floyd if he can learn the system quickly enough, or if Kevin Williams has a breakout year. There was an addition of a former CFL corner and from what I’ve read and heard, he’s supposed to be a good one. And with the addition of Xavier Rhodes, who is said, is a shutdown corner, our secondary should be much improved. If all of that gels, then I look for the D to be a lot better. If the offense follows suit, we are going to be a real contender. I am really hoping that the Vikings can pull it off. It’s been way too long since we’ve had a legitimate reason to believe in a shot at the ultimate title and hoist the Lombardi trophy. That piece of art belongs in Minnesota.

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