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Mauti rehabbing his knee this offseason.
Last season, the Vikings were depleted at linebacker with only one consistent starter Chad Greenway. They fixed the problem this offseason by bringing in Desmond Bishop in free agency.
They didn’t stop there. They also drafted two staples of “Linebacker U,” Gerald Hodges and Michael Mauti. With Greenway, Bishop, Henderson and the two rookies, the Vikings have essentially developed depth at linebacker in one offseason.
Often rookies aren’t able to make an impact, but these two linebackers out of Penn State played phenomenally well.
Let's take a look at two rookies' statistics from the 2012 college season:
Player one is Heisman finalist Manti Te’o from Notre Dame. Player two is Michael Mauti.
Mauti has NFL instincts, athleticism and leadership. His only problem is with injuries, as he injured his left knee in his second-to-last game at Penn State.
If he can fight off the injury bug in the NFL, you will see his name every weekend for a long time.