Vikings No. 5 pick: OT DeMarcus Love, Arkansas

Posted April 30, 2011 @ 3:48 p.m.
Posted By Eric Edholm

Arkansas' DeMarcus Love is a massive, long-armed mauler who will add depth to the Vikings' offensive line and could play either inside or outside. He probably needs to get more fit, but football means a lot to him. Here is the scouting report from PFW's Nolan Nawrocki on Love from the 2011 Draft Preview book:

Notes: Redshirted in 2006. Dislocated a kneecap in August and sat out the first two games in '07. On the season, played in eight games and started the final three at right guard to due injury while grading out at 80 percent with 16 knockdowns. Started 8-of-11 games in which he played at the strong-side guard position in '08. Sat out against Florida and did not start three other contests because of an ankle injury. Started all 13 games at strong-side tackle in '09. Moved to the weak side in '10 and started all 13 games. Team captain.

Positives: Very good body length. Solid base strength to handle a charge and sit in pass protection. Can latch on and control defenders. Is aggressive, competes and the game is important to him.

Negatives: Very thin below the knees. Too stiff, slew-footed and narrow-based, and it negates his power. Plays top heavy and is not agile to counter or play in space. Bad-bodied. On the ground too much. Not athletic transitioning or handling movement. Does not play with power. Gets beat inside too much — struggles to handle inside moves.

Summary: Struggled inside and outside at the Senior Bowl, but is better suited to move inside where he could be protected on each side. A long-armed, underpowered mauler who tends to smother and hold defenders, Love could compete for a job in a zone-blocking scheme, but might never look pretty executing in it.

NFL projection: Fourth- to fifth-round pick.