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Vikings start signing picks with two Penn State linebackers

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The Vikings took a pair of linebackers from Penn State in the draft and those two players are the first members of the 2013 draft class to sign with the team.

Twitter was the venue for announcements by both Gerald Hodges and Michael Mauti that they have reached agreement on four-year deals with the team. That leaves seven more draft picks — including first rounders Sharrif Floyd, Cordarrelle Patterson and Xavier Rhodes — left to sign.

Hodges, who was taken in the fourth round with the 120th overall pick, is destined for an outside linebacker spot with the Vikings. That could be the starting spot on the weak-side in his rookie season if things break right. The Vikings currently have Erin Henderson in the middle and Chad Greenway on the strong-side, but could still add a veteran to round out the group.

Mauti was a very productive player in college, but three ACL tears pushed him to the seventh round last month. His last torn ACL came on November 17, but Mauti’s said that he expects to be ready for training camp. If he’s physically sound and able to produce the same way he did in the Big Ten, he could work himself into the mix early in his career.

UPDATE 3:15 p.m. ET: The Vikings announced both signings and also announced that seventh-round defensive tackle Everett Dawkins has signed his contract.

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32 Responses to “Vikings start signing picks with two Penn State linebackers”
  1. squared80 says: May 14, 2013 3:05 PM

    A+ on taking a flier on Mauti in the 7th. Long shot to stay healthy with his history, but most experts gave him a 1st round grade when healthy.

  2. fijabbersman345 says: May 14, 2013 3:11 PM

    Yeah, buddy. Hodges is a beast and if Mauti can stay healthy (or take a redshirt year behind Urlacher) he might be a total steal…excited for this season.

  3. kevinwi says: May 14, 2013 3:32 PM

    and both these guys will start sometime soon.

  4. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: May 14, 2013 3:33 PM

    The pieces are falling into place.

  5. gvboot says: May 14, 2013 3:34 PM

    Does anyone know when the Mt. Rushmore thing is final. God I hope I’m not setting myself up for a big let down. Wee shall see.

  6. urlacherbacker says: May 14, 2013 3:34 PM

    I hate to say it but this could be a very productive draft for the Vikings. I was a little mystified last year when we passed on G David Decastro who was a ‘top 10′ pick and took a project DE McClellin. If we had made the Decastro pick we could have had a ‘top 5′ pick in Floyd. Makes a Bears fan wonder…

  7. shaggytoodle says: May 14, 2013 3:52 PM

    Rick Spielman is a Magician says:
    May 14, 2013 3:33 PM
    The pieces are falling into place.
    _________

    That’s what the Lions fan’s sounded like, after making the post season two years ago.

  8. craigjosh says: May 14, 2013 3:58 PM

    Really tough not love the Vikings draft, we all know that it takes years to really “know” how well you did, but it seemed like they got the guys they wanted, with Floyd falling to them, then trading up for Patterson, you couldnt ask for much more as a fan, but you also get these two guys who are “wild cards” but produced at a very high level in the big ten. Mauti would’ve been a first rounder if not for the injuries (I know you could say that for a bunch of guys, see Lattimore, Marcus), I hope the kid makes it back because he is fun to watch. Anyway, as long as AP is healthy, and if (big IF) Ponder takes a step forward, the Vikes could be really tough this year.

  9. inyofaceagain says: May 14, 2013 3:59 PM

    shaggytoodle says:
    May 14, 2013 3:52 PM
    Rick Spielman is a Magician says:
    May 14, 2013 3:33 PM
    The pieces are falling into place.
    _________

    That’s what the Lions fan’s sounded like, after making the post season two years ago.

    ————

    Hahaha funny Packer fans trying to compare the Lions to the Vikings. Get real.

  10. filthymcnasty1 says: May 14, 2013 4:16 PM

    The Lions and Vikings have each won zero Superbowls.

  11. deltaoracle says: May 14, 2013 4:23 PM

    No comparison. The Lions can say they’ve been the champions of professional football.

  12. thejuddstir says: May 14, 2013 4:25 PM

    Not a fan of any team in the NFC North but it does get tiring to have to listen to the packer trolls on every other teams websites or postings. Heard a good one the other day for packer fans, since they like to continually remind us how many championships they have (it doesn’t matter that most were won before football became the “NFL” and the league only had like 6 teams. Packer games this year will be aired on the History Channel as packer fans love to live in the past !!!

  13. nodakpaul says: May 14, 2013 4:30 PM

    Mauti was a great pick up. Three ACLs sounds bad, and it is… but many players come back from an ACL strnger than before. It isn’t really a pattern because the first two were in opposite knees, and the third was the result of a high low hit. He stands a good chance to return to form. And if not… he was a late round pick.

    Low risk high reward. Love it.

  14. GenXJay says: May 14, 2013 4:40 PM

    Spielman is a magician.
    Ken Seifert on Espn has the updates on NFC North from 2011 draft.
    After Ponder shreds cheese, thorns a Lions paws, & double taps a bear in the nose, the Vikes will be regarded as an elite TEAM.

  15. whatjusthapped says: May 14, 2013 4:40 PM

    Both players could see the field in 2013, all they have to do is not suck as much as the bums the Vikings started in 2012.

    Even if do suck worse, its not like the Vikings invested a #12 overall pick on either of them. Now that would be a waste.

  16. jollyjoker2 says: May 14, 2013 4:42 PM

    Geeze, these picks are way down the line. and likely will not make the team. What did they get for signing? Free autographs from the starters .

  17. 7ransponder says: May 14, 2013 5:24 PM

    What I wouldn’t give for an “ignore user” option on this site… it’s made it almost unbearable. Meanwhile, when I post similar things on Packer stories, my comments get deleted. I suggest the true fans left here find a new home, the moderating here (or lack thereof) has made this site unbearable for conversation for fans of some teams.

  18. Rick Spielman is a Magician says: May 14, 2013 5:44 PM

    thejuddstir says:May 14, 2013 4:25 PM

    Packer games this year will be aired on the History Channel as packer fans love to live in the past !!!
    _______

    Make that the Selective History Channel. They only remember their Super Bowl years and forget their decades of historic ineptitude. Meanwhile, they think the Vikings have gone 3-13 every year of their existence.

  19. gophersnot says: May 14, 2013 6:27 PM

    7ransponder says: May 14, 2013 5:24 PM

    What I wouldn’t give for an “ignore user” option on this site… it’s made it almost unbearable. Meanwhile, when I post similar things on Packer stories, my comments get deleted. I suggest the true fans left here find a new home, the moderating here (or lack thereof) has made this site unbearable for conversation for fans of some teams.

    I totally agree. The moderating here is horribly biased against Viking fans, yet Packer trolls can post anything and everything all the time. They must not have to work like most of us.

    Why is this? I comment on Packer topics and all mine are filtered out, yet Filtymcdummy can spew all day and ruin our articles. He makes comments on articles not even related to current Viking players and they are posted. Plus, he can hide behind his computer and mommy will protect him.

    He’s obviously got serious mental reservations that only a Packer season-ending choke can cure.

  20. whatjusthapped says: May 14, 2013 7:16 PM

    For those complaining about trolls, here’s a novel idea, ignore them. To suggest they ruin your reading enjoyment of the Viking related articles seems like a red herring. But to bait a troller by invoking, “season ending choke” is just rich. Need I remind you that the Vikings are 0-4 in Superbowls, 0-5 in the last five NFC championship games they appeared in and let’s not leave out the 2003 season when the 4-12 Cardinals scored a TD in the final two minutes, recovered an on-sides kick, then scored on the final play of the game to knock the Vikings out of the playoffs.

    The irony is the Vikings got bounced for the Packers to get in. Its hard not to believe in a higher power when stuff like that happens.

  21. vikinguy says: May 14, 2013 7:21 PM

    We’re comin! We’re comin!

  22. gophersnot says: May 14, 2013 8:03 PM

    whatjusthapped says: May 14, 2013 7:16 PM

    For those complaining about trolls, here’s a novel idea, ignore them. To suggest they ruin your reading enjoyment of the Viking related articles seems like a red herring. But to bait a troller by invoking, “season ending choke” is just rich. Need I remind you that the Vikings are 0-4 in Superbowls, 0-5 in the last five NFC championship games they appeared in and let’s not leave out the 2003 season when the 4-12 Cardinals scored a TD in the final two minutes, recovered an on-sides kick, then scored on the final play of the game to knock the Vikings out of the playoffs.

    The irony is the Vikings got bounced for the Packers to get in. Its hard not to believe in a higher power when stuff like that happens.

    Need I remind you of the dubious honor the Packers have of being the only 15-1 regular season team to be bounced (and embarrassed) in the first round of the playoffs.

  23. khmer379 says: May 14, 2013 8:09 PM

    Urlacher will sign with the vikes and he will be there tutor

  24. filthymcnasty1 says: May 14, 2013 8:21 PM

    The Vikings have lost to the Packers twice in each of the 3 previous seasons.

  25. GenXJay says: May 14, 2013 8:39 PM

    This Vikings will win over the packers 6 games in the next 3 seasons.

  26. whatjusthapped says: May 14, 2013 9:43 PM

    gophersnot says:

    Need I remind you
    =========================
    No, but thanks for asking. It came one season after winning a Superbowl so that helps in a small measure. You see, winning a Superbowl is a glorious feeling for the entire fan base, its like Christmas, Easter, 4th of July and News Year Eve rolled into one.

    You should really experience that level of euphoria just once in your life but sadly that will never happen because you are a Viking fan. By the time the front office discovers Ponder is a bust, Peterson’s career will almost be over.

  27. fijabbersman345 says: May 14, 2013 9:59 PM

    filthymcnasty1 says:
    May 14, 2013 8:21 PM
    The Vikings have lost to the Packers twice in each of the 3 previous seasons.

    ————————-

    The Vikings have the most NFC North division titles of any team, and have been in the NFC North ten less years than every other team.

  28. tokyosandblaster says: May 14, 2013 10:12 PM

    Pro Bowlers! It’s going to be hard to choose between these two for League MVP this year!

  29. myhornispurple says: May 14, 2013 10:20 PM

    Fithymcnasty…? More like filthyMcNothing better to do. Put some thought into these comments, you obviously have nothing else to do.

  30. gvboot says: May 14, 2013 10:22 PM

    Any team worth rooting for has GOT to have horns.

  31. icecubeusedtobeangry says: May 14, 2013 10:41 PM

    Without the Packers, the people of Wisconsin have nothing to live for.

  32. gvboot says: May 15, 2013 1:01 AM

    icecube, they will always be a cheesey way to root for green bay. Their ladies soccer team is on a pace to set the world record in something, don’t know what, but it’s a story.

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