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2011 NFL Mock Draft Round 2: SB Nation Slots Gilbert To Vikings

With the dust barely settled on a very surprising and entertaining first round of the 2011 NFL draft, everyone is already chomping at the bit to see where their teams will go in Round 2 tonight. SB Nation's very own Brian Galliford has the Vikings fortifying their offensive line by choosing offensive tackle Marcus Gilbert from the University of Florida. The offensive line is definitely a need area for Minnesota, and Galliford uses that logic to justify his pick:

The Vikings really need to address their offensive line, and Gilbert is a tackle/guard prospect that, at bare minimum, gives them talented depth.

While Gilbert seems to be a serviceable NFL tackle, it's not always nice to hear the words "bare minimum" when someone's projecting your second round pick. Especially after most draft analysts pegged the Vikings' choice of Christian Ponder at #12 as the biggest surprise of the first round. But if Gilbert can earn a starting spot or at a bare minimum push the likes of Bryant McKinnie and Phil Loadholt to a higher level, it could be the smart way to go.

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