Minnesota Vikings Sign Linebacker Jasper Brinkley

Andy SmithCorrespondent IJuly 2, 2009

The Minnesota Vikings have signed their second draft pick on Tuesday, according to their team Web site and local Minneapolis newspaper, The Star Tribune.

Jasper Brinkley, the South Carolina linebacker, and the Vikings' fifth round draft pick in this year's draft has signed a four-year contract with the team.

Brinkley becomes the second Vikings' draft pick to be signed, behind free saftey Jamarca Sanford who was the first to be signed last week.

The other Minnesota draft picks yet to be signed include:

WRPercy HarvinUniversity of Florida

OLPhil LoadholtUniversity of Oklahoma

CBAsher AllenUniveristy of Georgia

Jasper Brinkley looks to be the replacement behind talented middle linebacker E.J. Henderson, who is coming off a horrible year in 2008.

Henderson suffered a fractured toe that needed surgery, and caused him to miss the rest of the season for the Minnesota Vikings.

Brinkley was a linebacker in the SEC, who recorded 193 tackles, 20.5 tackles for a Loss, 7.5 sacks and three interceptions in 30 games at South Carolina (29 starts).

Brinkley was also awarded All-SEC second-team honors this last year after missing most of the 2007 season when he tore his lateral collateral ligament in his right knee.

The Vikings now have two of their five draft picks signed. However, they must sign their last three draft picks before Training Camp starts on July 31 in Mankato, Minn.

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