Wednesday, March 7, 2012
Matt Kalil will be at NFL Draft
By Pedro Moura
Former USC left tackle Matt Kalil will be going to Radio City Music Hall in New York City for the 2012 NFL draft – and he’s bringing college coach Lane Kiffin with him to the green room.
"He’s helped me a lot as a coach since he’s been here and I owe him that, to invite him down to New York to celebrate with me," Kalil said of taking Kiffin. "It’s going to be fun."
The 6-7, 306-pound Kalil, expected to be a top-five pick in next month’s draft, worked out Wednesday at USC’s Pro Day on campus. He did not run or lift after being satisfied with those numbers at last month’s combine, but he did participate in position drills, dominating competitors in all of the line-specific workouts.
"It was fun,” he said. "These drills come easy to me. I’ve been doing them my whole life, so it’s kind of second nature to me."
He ran an official 4.99 40-yard dash in Indianapolis and did 30 repetitions of 225 pounds on the bench press.
Many mock drafts have Kalil projected as the No. 3 overall pick in the draft, owned by the Minnesota Vikings. New Minnesota general manager Rick Spielman was in attendance Wednesday, along with several other scouts and decision-makers for NFL teams.
Kalil’s older brother Ryan, a center for the Carolina Panthers, was also at USC for Pro Day, coaching up his younger brother in between workouts. Ryan Kalil was selected in the second round in the 2007 draft after three years starting at USC.
Matt Kalil declared early for the draft last December after two seasons as the Trojans’ starting left tackle under Kiffin.
"It definitely was a decision I made that I’m 100 percent confident in," he said Wednesday. "I’m going to have no regrets looking back."