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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 NFL.com, 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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