Is there a weaker position group on the Minnesota Vikings than linebacker? No.
Chad Greenway is the most accomplished player. He is has been a fixture on the team’s defense at strong side linebacker. He took a step backward last season after playing in his first Pro Bowl. He is expected to return to Pro Bowl form this season under Mike Zimmer.
The other spots are up for grabs without a strong leading candidate to start. The weak side linebacker position has been a problem for several years with less than adequate pass defenders.
The options to start opposite Greenway are special teams standout Larry Dean, second-year fourth round draft pick Gerald Hodges, former University of Minnesota and Canadian Football League standout Simoni Lawrence and waiver pick up Terrell Manning.
Hodges and Manning would be the favorites, but the best option would be to acquire one in the first few rounds of the draft. Here are the top five outside linebackers as well as an underrated, an overrated and a sleeper prospect.