The Minnesota Vikings entered free agency with a purpose—manage the in-house players and only make a splash in the external market if justified. After trading embattled receiver Percy Harvin, the team did just that by signing Greg Jennings to a five-year, $45 million contract.
Rick Spielman has already signed Erin Henderson to a two-year, $4 million contract. However, questions still surround the linebacker position in determining who can best complement linebacker Chad Greenway. The seven-year veteran finished tied for second in the NFL in tackles last year with 148.
Assuming Urlacher is a long shot to suit up in purple and gold this year, the team will look to the NFL draft to address both inside and outside linebacker.
In this second edition of players of need, I've addressed linebackers the team can add in each round of the upcoming draft. If you missed the first edition, make sure to check out the breakdown at wide receiver in all seven rounds of the draft.
All combine statistics courtesy of NFL.com.