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Friday, December 16, 2011
BBAO: Matt Kalil and the Vikings' draft

By Kevin Seifert

We're Black and Blue All Over:

On Thursday, we discussed the race between the Minnesota Vikings and St. Louis Rams for the No. 2 overall pick of the 2012 draft. The Rams are currently "ahead," but NFC West colleague Mike Sando thinks the Vikings have the upper hand if both teams finish the season 2-14.

Regardless, it appears that at least one of those teams will have USC left tackle Matt Kalil on their boards at No. 2 overall. ESPN's Chris Mortensen reports that Kalil has begun informing school officials that he will bypass his final year of eligibility and enter the draft.

ESPN draft analysts Mel Kiper and Todd McShay both have Kalil ranked as the draft's second-best prospect behind Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck, who figures to go No. 1 overall to the Indianapolis Colts. The Vikings have a tremendous need at left tackle after waiving starter Bryant McKinnie at the start of training camp.

Continuing around the NFC North: