A Look At First 3 Vikings Selections In 6th Round

Posted by Mike Wobschall on April 30, 2011 – 1:54 pm

The Vikings entered the 6th round of the 2011 NFL Draft with 4 picks – the 3rd, 5th and 7th choices in the round and then the 35th pick in the round (compensatory selection). Instead of separate blog entries for each pick, we’ll package the first 3 together and then address the final 6th round pick later.

– With the 3rd pick of the 6th round (#168 overall), the Vikings chose OT Demarcus Love. He played college football at Arkansas and stands 6-4, 315 pounds. Love played LT the past 2 seasons but also played strong-side G before switching to the outside. That kind of versatility will serve him well with the Vikings.

S Mistral Raymond was the Vikings selection with the 5th pick of the 6th round (#170 overall). Raymond played at South Florida and stands at 6-1, 191 pounds.

– The Vikings selected C Brandon Fusco with the 7th pick of the 6th round (#172 overall). He played college football at the Slippery Rock, which is a Division II school. Fusco was the Gene Upshaw Lineman of the Year (given to top offensive lineman in Division II) and was also a 2-time team captain. According to his scouting report on, he has the versatility to play either guard or center.

For some extra reading material, here are blurbs from Love’s and Fusco’s scouting reports:

Demarcus Love
Love is an experienced offensive lineman with great size and a lot of starts under his belt at a variety of spots up front. Can be a road-grading, in-line run blocker who can blow defenders off the ball, but must improve his awareness while playing in space. In pass protection, he can have a tough time with speed rushers but does a nice job dealing with blitzers and creative defensive line play. A versatile prospect with plus size and good intangibles, Love could be selected as high as the second round in April.

 Brandon Fusco
Fusco has the toughness and size to make it in the league as a reserve guard or center but lacks the athleticisms necessary to become a starter. Will face a big jump in competition level coming from Division II but was not intimidated at the Senior Bowl. Can anchor in pass protection but needs to get set quicker and doesn’t have the feet to move and slide laterally. Will get some push off the ball when run blocking but has a tendency to play too high and is not productive out in space. Fusco’s build, motor, and attitude could make him a late-round pick.

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18 Responses to “A Look At First 3 Vikings Selections In 6th Round”

  1. By Cor-WIN VIKES ! on Apr 30, 2011 | Reply

    this is a sweet run, two OL guys and another defensive back, i can see one more Ol man making it someone to shore us up ,pick in a couple of WR in the 7th round and what a nice draft ! now lets get them in camp and work hard !!!!!

  2. By VikesFan4ever on Apr 30, 2011 | Reply

    Now we need a WR, hope they get Ricardo Lockette from Ft. Valley State!

  3. By Frederick Jones on Apr 30, 2011 | Reply

    We did gain some depth in the offensive line. Many bloggers predicted we would not pick OL until late in the draft.

    DON’T COME CRYIN’ TO ME when you see Webb, or Ponder lying on the ground as all your great receivers are wide open !

    or maybe there is a free agency plan to obtain someone who can block?

  4. By Nicholas on Apr 30, 2011 | Reply


    I hope we do pick up some good Free Agent Linemen for immediate impact.

    These fellas can probably develop into something good…or at least be solid back-ups.

  5. By VikeFan on Apr 30, 2011 | Reply

    Agreed VikesFan4ever, Lockette’s speed would be a great decision. I would also like to see Forbath, I know hes a kicker but hey we need one.

  6. By animal26 on Apr 30, 2011 | Reply

    I liked the first 2 picks, but that center Brandon Fusco, not so much

  7. By Peter on Apr 30, 2011 | Reply

    Mistral looks a bit Winfiled-esck in his highlight video. I like how he attacks the ball and ball carrier in this video. Let’s hope we see that in a Vikings uniform:

  8. By sandiamond on Apr 30, 2011 | Reply

    andrew jackson og/ ross homan olb/ cliff matthews de all have been riding best player at position for a long time

  9. By animal26 on Apr 30, 2011 | Reply

    With the Vikings compensation pick. I really hope and pray we draft Mark Herzlich

  10. By Parody on Apr 30, 2011 | Reply

    I’m with you animal. He sounds like he’ll be the steal of the draft.

  11. By animal26 on Apr 30, 2011 | Reply

    he’s still on the board and we are up next!!!! Get it done Vikes and draft this kid!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! SKOL!!!!

  12. By sandiamond on Apr 30, 2011 | Reply

    We still could get this guy. he is 2nd ranked wr now behind darvin adams. 15 picks to go

  13. By Mike B on Apr 30, 2011 | Reply

    there you are fred OL help It’a obvioua rhe coaches like who we have but looking at depth. sofar I am golden except the te pick go vikes

  14. By sandiamond on Apr 30, 2011 | Reply

    oops i meant Mark Herzlich 2nd ranked but we got Homan. probably a wr next

  15. By xvike on Apr 30, 2011 | Reply

    The evaluation that they have on homan says that he lacks the strength and shedding ability to be able to be an effective run stopper. I have to say i don’t agree if he had 32 reps on the bench press……. The strength is probably there, but he probably just needs to work on reading the run or something else?

  16. By animal26 on Apr 30, 2011 | Reply

    if that is a weakness he has. I’m sure that Singletary can correct that weakness in him

  17. By sandiamond on Apr 30, 2011 | Reply

    The last good WR to go was D. Harris of east carolina 1,100 yards 10 td’s last year. Stellar college career but at a lower lvl. We may have missed a good one

  18. By brehmership on May 2, 2011 | Reply

    I am excited to see Mistral Raymond start for the Vikings. Looking like we got our Safety!

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