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Kiper: Speed will determine Te'o's status

Manti Te'o (Mark L. Baer/USA Today)

If the Vikings are looking for a middle linebacker in the draft, Manti Te'o is a productive and controversial one. Beyond the girlfriend hoax that garnered national headlines, there are questions about his speed that could determine if he will still be available when the Vikings pick.

With two of their three starting linebackers scheduled for free agency March 12, it seems apparent the Vikings will look to the draft to help replenish their depth at linebacker. Jasper Brinkley was in his first season as a starting middle linebacker and performed adequately, although his coverage skills at times were questioned. Erin Henderson signed a one-year contract last year to return for a... Recommended Stories