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Minnesota Vikings 2011 NFL Draft: Vikings Select Arkansas Guard DeMarcus Love

The Minnesota Vikings continue making solid picks in the 2011 NFL Draft, as they've grabbed Arkansas offensive lineman DeMarcus Love with one of their four sixth-round selections.

Love, a big guy at 6'4.5" and 315 pounds, has lined up at both tackle positions for the Razorbacks, as well as at guard. He was an All-Conference performer in the Southeastern Conference in 2010, and helped clear the way for the Ryan Mallett-led Arkansas offense that took them to the Sugar Bowl this past season.

Love projects as a guard at the National Football League level, and could have a shot at contributing right away, as incumbent Anthony Herrera had a rough 2010 season before tearing his ACL towards the end of the season. He will likely have to compete with 2009 sixth-round selection Chris DeGeare, but Love's versatility might be a benefit to him in any sort of competition for roster space.

The Vikings have three more sixth round picks as well, so we will have more on them as those picks come in.

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