There is no secret that the Minnesota Vikings need to add a middle linebacker this offseason and they are publicly acknowledging their awareness of the lack of talent on their roster.
“We know we have to get one. That’s no secret,” Vikings linebackers coach Mike Singletary said, via Ben Goessling of the St. Paul Pioneer Press. “When we do, we just have to teach him as much as we can, as fast as we can. It’s going to be a lot of work.”
Minnesota will have plenty of options to fill the void in the middle of their defense whether it be by free agency or the draft.
If the Vikings choose to go with the veteran option, Brian Urlacher is the name that continues to surface. Urlacher would be a nice stop gap for the team and the move would stick it to the division rival Chicago Bears, but the Vikings would be wise to look towards the future — especially with the talent in this year’s draft class.
“Fortunately, this a good year to draft one,” said Singletary, who made it to the Hall of Fame as a middle linebacker with the Bears. “The kid at Kansas State, Arthur Brown, the kid at Notre Dame [Te'o], the kid at LSU [Kevin Minter], [Alec] Ogletree, there are a few guys that have good quality. It just depends on how it shakes out.”
Minnesota will add a linebacker, it’s just a matter of when and where.
With two first-round draft picks, you’d have to imagine linebacker in the first-round is a serious option.