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Stacking the middle linebacker prospects

Kevin Minter (USA Today)

The Vikings left only one big hole on their depth chart after free agency – middle linebacker. They plan to fill that with youth, so what do the metrics say about the top prospects – Manti Te'o, Kevin Minter and Arthur Brown?

The Minnesota Vikings had the option to re-sign incumbent middle linebacker Jasper Brinkley in free agency and allowed him to be the one starter that got away. Brinkley signed a three-year deal with the Arizona Cardinals, leaving a hole in the middle of the Vikings defense. There were options to replace that void in the free agent market with available players like Brad Jones, Philip Wheeler...

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