Vikings could move Henderson to MLB

Minnesota Vikings GM Rick Spielman is considering current starting WLB Erin Henderson a possibility for the Vikings’ opening at middle linebacker, according to a report by ESPN 1500 Twin Cities.

“That depends on what happens in the draft,” Spielman said. “If we go outside, Erin can slide inside or if we go inside Erin can play outside. That’s what is great about this linebacker thing. We have the flexibility to go either way.”

While the Vikings could select the linebacker that they have been linked to repeatedly in Notre Dame’s Manti Te’o, this could mean they look outside the box. Te’o is a fit as a MLB in a Tampa 2 scheme like the Vikings deploy but with Henderson in tow they could look to improve the outside linebacker spot instead

With the No. 23 and 25 picks, the Vikings would seem to be a strong candidate to consider my top linebacker prospect in Kansas State’s Arthur Brown on Thursday.  Brown has the athletic ability  to be a standout player against both the run and pass.  Knowing that Henderson is strong in run support and adequate in coverage could make him a better fit on the inside where having a more athletic option on the outside in coverage is necessary.  Brown played MLB in college for the Wildcats and could still be the starting MLB if he is the draft pick.  Brown projects as a three-down linebacker at either position which is something the Vikings sorely need.

Regardless, he is the impact player that I hope the Vikings select Brown with either the 23 or 25 pick on Thursday.  However, this could be another Spielman smokescreen and he is intending on taking Te’o.

Jan 3, 2013; Glendale, AZ, USA; Oregon Ducks running back Kenjon Barner (24) is pursued by Kansas State Wildcats linebacker Arthur Brown (4) in the 2013 Fiesta Bowl at University of Phoenix Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee/Image of Sport-USA TODAY Sports

Topics: Arthur Brown, Erin Henderson, Manti Te'o, Minnesota Vikings

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  • Mandooooo

    I’m pretty excited about this draft. it seems most every position we need, the talent is deep, and there isn’t much seperation between a solid “1st rounder” and a 3-4 rounder. And with Rick starting to turn us to a building from with-in team, and building through the draft with youth (and not just finding old vets to use as band-aids until we can find the next old vet…) we are on our way to being stacked and ready to be contenders for years to come. And judging by how well we drafted last year, there should be no reason why we don’t get at least 3 if not 4 or 5 starters in this draft.

    • Daniel Laxen

      That means the talent is weak! Watch the WRs fall like stones except for Tavon Austin…

      • Mandooooo

        I’ve seen the film of most of the WR in this draft. I’m not sure if you have, but you should. They aren’t weak. They aren’t all superstars. It is just deep. The main difference between most of them are just character issues and injuries.

  • Daniel Laxen

    Bullshit!

  • Daniel Laxen

    3 WRs went in the1st round. 3 went in the 2nd round. Only 5 WRs in the first 60 picks…There were 8 in 2012…In 2011 there were 2 WRs in the top 10 picks AJ Green and Julio Jones. Jones was taken by Atlanta for a boat load of draft picks…That’s talent! Tavon Austin was the 1st WR drafted 8th overall, and the dude is 5’9″ 180 and that’s considered a problem in the NFL. If you consider Austin to be like Harvin all you have to do is look at the position each was drafted. Few would argue that Austin and Harvin were equal heading into the draft. Harvin selected 22…The next WR was the guy that shit in his hotel room at the Combine. Then the Vikings pick Patterson who is considered a project at WR and was likely drafted to replace Harvin at kick and punt return…