Erin Henderson 'in the conversation' at MLB

A few days ago, we noted that Erin Henderson has been preparing to be the Minnesota Vikings' middle linebacker in 2013, presumably at the suggestion of coaches. Friday, coach Leslie Frazier said Henderson was one of several options. The other candidates, however, could charitably be described as "darkhorse."

Asked about the possibility of moving Henderson from outside to the middle after Friday morning's rookie minicamp practice, Frazier said: "We've been talking about it. We want to take a look at some things in this minicamp and we'll probably make a decision here after we get done and just talk about some things. But he's definitely in the conversation."

Other candidates, Frazier said, include Audie Cole, Tyrone McKenzie and rookie Michael Mauti.

Cole, a seventh-round draft pick last season, played one defensive snap as a rookie. McKenzie played six. Mauti is recovering from a torn ACL and won't be ready to practice until training camp at the earliest. Nothing against either any member of that trio, but going with one of them over Henderson would represent a substantial leap of faith.

If Henderson does make the move, veteran Marvin Mitchell and rookie Gerald Hodges would compete for the starting outside position.

Note: The first practice of rookie minicamp was held inside, thanks to a classic May snowstorm in Minnesota. The weather forced one of the Vikings' most intriguing newcomers, punter Jeff Locke, downtown to the Metrodome so he could kick freely.