Wednesday, April 11, 2012
Kalil practically a sure thing for Vikings
By Kevin Gemmell
The general consensus is that Matt Kalil is going to be the No. 3 pick in the NFL draft behind Stanford's Andrew Luck (presumptive No. 1) and Baylor's Robert Griffin III.
That means he's earmarked for Minnesota, where the Vikings, who surrendered 49 sacks last year, are trying to find help for second-year quarterback Christian Ponder.
Steve Muench and Todd McShay of Scouts Inc. breakdown Kalil and what he presumably brings to the Vikings .
There's no such thing as a sure thing, but Kalil projects as a starter from day one and is one of the safer picks in this draft, thanks in part to his bloodlines. His father, Frank, played offensive line in the USFL, and his brother Ryan Kalil plays for the Carolina Panthers and is one of the best centers in the NFL.
In the accompanying video, McShay charts the pros and cons (not many) in Kalil's game.
"His game's not perfect. He's got to improve his core strength and you see that every once in a while when he's working against bull rushers ... this isn't an everyday occurrence, but it's something that happens every once in a while. If he gets stronger, he'll improve that weakness. The rest of his game, you have to love."