Originally written April 10, 2012 on Gridiron Grit:
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On March 16, linebacker Kenny Onatolu signed a three-year contract with the Carolina Panthers. While not an every day, household name, Onatolu was to the Vikings what Corey Graham was for the Bears. That being a player, who has plenty of talent, but is not worthy of starting. Instead, these Onatolu and Graham are two of the best special teams players on the planet. While no longer a part of Minnesota’s team, he provided the Vikings with a great boost on special teams. For those unaware— the Vikings were one of the worst special teams in the league from around 2002-2007. Ben Leber was the only bright spot for Minnesota on kickoffs. With Onatolu gone, many fans were up in arms that the Vikings’ special teams group would, once again, be amongst the worst in the league. As of April 10, the Vikings have found their replacement for Onatolu, in Marvin Mitchell. Mitchell, 27, was the New Orleans Saints‘ seventh-round pick in 2007. Mitchell played college football at Tennessee, where he was...
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