The Vikings agreed to terms with 16 undrafted free agents within hours of the draft's conclusion Sunday evening, but they were not going to announce those new players until the players arrived in town Thursday and signed their contracts before the start of a rookie camp this weekend.
One player they've agreed to terms with is Purdue linebacker George Hall.
At 6-foot-2, 243 pounds, Hall is considered an inside linebacker and was ranked No. 29 at the position by Scout.com.
Hall was a three-year starter at middle linebacker for the Boilermakers and recorded 78 tackles with 4.5 tackles for a loss and one sack his senior season. In 2005, he had 77 tackles.
Scout.com describes him as an "undersized yet hard-working linebacker who must play in a system that protects him. Fast to the sidelines, makes plays out to the flanks and is very active in run defense. Quickly fills gaps up field, immediately locates the ball and remains disciplined with assignments. Gets depth on drops and displays solid range."
He was considered a team leader at Purdue, but early in this senior season he was suspended for two games for "conduct detrimental to the team" and then missed time after having surgery in August to repair "compartment syndrome," a leg injury.
He was originally recruited to Purdue as a defensive end out of Fitch (Groton, Conn.) High School.
After a season on the bench, Hall made 33 consecutive starts at middle linebacker and started to amass team awards for tenacity and being an outstanding hitter. In 2005, Hall was named to the Butkus Award Watch List. He ended the 2006 season as an All-Big Ten Honorable Mention.
With the Vikings, Hall will enter spring camps behind a couple of a experienced veterans. E.J. Henderson, who is moving inside after a productive season on the weak side in 2006, is the starting middle linebacker, and Dontarrious Thomas is expected to be Henderson's primary backup.
Undrafted LB Agrees to Terms
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