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6th Round Pick - OL DeMarcus Love

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PICK ANALYSIS
The Vikings decide to take a flier on this small-school prospect who is tough enough to make some progress in the NFL.

OVERVIEW
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.

STRENGTHS
Love is a hard-working prospect who has experience playing both left and right tackle as well as guard. He possesses ideal size for the position and enough mobility. A really physical run-blocker who drives defenders off the line of scrimmage and can turn his man creating big running lanes. Displays the ability to recognize blitzing linebackers in pass pro.

WEAKNESSES
May not possess the athleticism, feet and balance necessary to line up at left tackle in the NFL. Can be beat by the double move. Needs to improve his ability to block at the second level and pick up moving defenders in space. Must become more consistent locating his targets at the second level.

Analysis from NFL.com.

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