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Updated: April 23rd, 2010 6:36pm
Vikings' pick at No. 51: Stanford RB Toby Gerhart after trade up

Vikings' pick at No. 51: Stanford RB Toby Gerhart after trade up

by Phil Mackey
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EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- The Minnesota Vikings have traded again, moving up to pick No. 51 and selected Stanford running back Toby Gerhart

Gerhart (6-foot, 231 pounds) was ranked as the No. 4 halfback in the class by ESPN Scouts Inc., which described him as a "willing and effective pass-blocker." That no doubt factored for a Vikings team that lost third-down back Chester Taylor in free agency.

UPDATE, 6:40 p.m.: The word is the Vikings sent their second- (No. 62) and third- (No. 93) picks for Houston's second-round pick. So, they have no more picks tonight. Unless they deal up again from the top of Round 4.

For his college career, Gerhart played in 38 games (26 starts), rushing 671 times for 3,522 yards (5.25 average) and 28 touchdowns.

He sustained a season-ending knee injury in the 2007 season opener, then came back to rush for more than 3,000 yards over his final two seasons, including 1,871 yards on 343 carries (5.45) as a senior to earn several first-team all-America honors.

He ran the 40 in 4.56 seconds at his campus workout and benched 225 pounds 22 times.

Gerhart also played baseball for two seasons at Stanford.

(Note: For quotes from Gerhart, click here.)

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Phil Mackey is a columnist for He co-hosts "Mackey & Judd" from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. weekdays on 1500 ESPN Twin Cities.
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