Thursday, April 26, 2012
In the end, Vikings (rightly) take Matt Kalil
By Kevin Seifert
The Vikings filled a major need by taking USC left tackle Matt Kalil.
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. -- After a week of sudden speculation about whether the Minnesota Vikings were moving away from their long-assumed affection of USC left tackle Matt Kalil, we have our answer.
The Vikings selected Kalil at No. 4 overall, passing up the opportunity to draft the other two players that general manager Rick Spielman claimed to be under consideration: LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne and Oklahoma State receiver Justin Blackmon. Give Spielman credit for creating enough uncertainty to elicit three extra picks to move down one spot, but in the end it was hard to believe he would pass up the opportunity to select a franchise left tackle regardless of the other multiple other needs on his roster.
It was the right choice. I'll have more on this decision after speaking with Spielman in a bit, but there was no position more barren on this roster than left tackle. It's one of the most difficult positions to fill in the game, and the Vikings had the opportunity to draft the best in the country.
How could they pass that up?
As for cornerback, the Vikings have a much better chance to find a starter later in the draft than they did a left tackle.