Feb 23, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions linebacker Michael Mauti speaks at a press conference during the 2013 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Credit: Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports

Vikings Draft Linebacker Michael Mauti in Seventh Round

Feb 23, 2013; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions linebacker Michael Mauti speaks at a press conference during the 2013 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium. Credit: Pat Lovell-USA TODAY Sports

Double-dip again? Why not?

Earlier today the Vikings took Penn State linebacker Gerald Hodges. And in the seventh round they selected his former Nittany Lions teammate Michael Mauti. That’s the second double-dip this draft after the UCLA twofer of Jeff Locke and Jeff Baca. That’s a first-name double-dip too! My head is spinning.

As you recall, the Vikings pulled this two-for-one bit three times last year, taking two players each from USC, Notre Dame and Arkansas. Quirky but not really significant.

What do we need to know about Mauti himself? He is 6-1, 243. He has had injury problems, having undergone multiple knee surgeries. He played outside in college but might be able to play inside. Maybe there is value here if he’s past the knee problems. Will we see him lining up on Sundays alongside his former teammate Hodges? Yeah I wouldn’t be laying any money on that.

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