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Vikings use back-to-back 7th-round picks on linebacker, guard

Posted by: Kent Youngblood under Vikings, NFL draft Updated: April 27, 2013 - 5:40 PM

 Two of the Vikings' three seventh-round picks are in. 

First, with the 213th overall pick, Penn State linebacker Michael Mauti. Mauti -- whose father and brother also played at Penn State -- was a very highly-touted player coming to Penn State. But a series of injuries derailed much of his college career. Among those injuries are three ACL tears. The first, sustained before the 2009 season, wiped out that year for him. He came back with a very strong 2010 season, with 67 tackles -- 5.5 for loss -- and two sacks. But another ACL tear four games into the 2011 season ended that year. 

He came back to play in 2012. He had 96 tackles and three interceptions before yet another ACL tear, sustained against Indiana, ended the season with one game to go. After the final injury he sent a letter to every NFL team expressing his love for the game and determination to return from yet another surgery and play in the NFL.

Mauti, who played both strongside and middle linebacker at Penn State, said he hopes to be cleared for practice in time for training camp.

When healthy Mauti is considered a very instinctual player, stout at the point of attack. Lack of speed and his injury history will work against him. 

 

With the 214th pick the Vikings took North Carolina guard Travis Bond, a huge (6-6, 329-pound) right guard. 

Bond was the starter at right guard his final two seasons at North Carolina. His size and strength make him an intriguing prospect, but his tendency to play high and difficultly using his hands effectively made him last until the seventh round. 

 

And, finally, with the 229th pick in the draft, the Vikings drafted Florida State defensive tackle Everett Dawkins. 

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