Erin Henderson At Middle Linebacker?

Dec 2, 2012; Green Bay, WI, USA; Green Bay Packers wide receiver Randall Cobb (18) is tackled by Minnesota Vikings linebacker Jasper Brinkley (54) after catching a pass during the first quarter at Lambeau Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Hanisch-USA TODAY Sports

Going into the Draft this year, most Vikings fans expected the team to pick a Middle Linebacker early on.  They had three chances in the first round of the draft to draft a replacement for Jasper Brinkley, who was signed this offseason by the Arizona Cardinals.  It wasn’t due to a lack of talent in the remaining players, either.  Most of the top Linebackers in the draft were available at the end of the first round .  Their decision to pass on them was confusing.

Now that we are approximately one week removed from the 2013 NFL Draft, the Vikings have started showing some of their cards.  The team didn’t seem as worried about the Middle Linebacker position because they had a plan.

Dec 23, 2012; Houston, TX, USA; Minnesota Vikings outside linebacker Erin Henderson (50) warms up against the Houston Texans before the game at Reliant Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Thomas Campbell-USA TODAY Sports

Recently, Vikings Linebacker Erin Henderson revealed that he has bulked up to 248 pounds in anticipation of the move from Outside Linebacker to Middle Linebacker.  The fact that Henderson has had the time to add that weight to his frame says that Minnesota was anticipating this move all along.  They pulled the wool over the eyes of every NFL expert and fan by publicly flirting with the idea of taking a player like Manti Te’o.  Instead, the Vikings were able to fill three other positions of need in the draft by moving a player to another spot on the defense.

Whether or not Henderson will win the starting job in training camp is still unknown, but he seems to be the club favorite to take over the spot.  He will face competition from Audie Cole and Michael Mauti along with others, but he seems to be penciled in as the Vikings current starter at the position.

Topics: Audie Cole, Erin Henderson, Jasper Brinkley, Michael Mauti, Minnesota Vikings

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  • Billy Schwandt

    Ricky and crew had it figured out all along. We are lucky to have the head office down thru the coaches. What a draft and i am talking about 4 thru 7 also!! Rick got some guys with the skill set that was needed and flexability at position ( New England style players) Our kicking game will be the best in the NFL as a whole!!! AP 2500 Yards!!! SKOL VIKINGS Yes I have purple blood!!!

  • dave

    The past two drafts have been phenomenal. Speiman is awesome at what he does,and the whole organization has done a wonderful job…. Can’t wait to see what Hodges,Mauti and Dawkins can contribute. time to cut Ballard and Evans with Floyd and Dawkins stepping in

  • Mandooooo

    It would be nice to have a strong MLB, I won’t lie. But our secondary has been beefed up over the past 2 drafts and with the addition of Floyd at DT along with our other d-line studs, we can “make due” with what we have. Is it ideal, no, but we addressed big needs with elite talent, and next year we’ll be able to land a “blue chip” talent at MLB, along with other positions. We can’t do it all in one year, especially after we have spent so many years going after older vets and using them as stop gaps and band-aids and not building through the draft and from within. We can still be competitive, but it will take some time. All it means is that everybody on the D is going to need to step up big time and make up for it.