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Vikings Get Their Man, Select LT Matt Kalil

Posted by Mike Wobschall on April 26, 2012 – 6:27 pm

There was some moving and shaking before the draft began, but GM Rick Spielman and the Vikings never took their eye off the prize. And that prize is a brand-new, battle-tested and physically imposing left tackle from USC – Matt Kalil.

After flip-flopping spots with the Cleveland Browns – moving from #3 overall to #4 overall – and acquiring three additional picks in the process, the Vikings selected the player many believed they would all along in Kalil. In the entire build-up to the draft, the Vikings were in a great position at #3 overall, and they took advantage of that great position by turning it into additional picks while still nabbing the player they coveted all along.

Measuring in at 6-6, 308 pounds, Kalil will step in and start at LT for the Vikings to provide pass protection for young QB Christian Ponder and road-grading run blocking for the team’s talented Adrian Peterson-Toby Gerhart RB duo. He’ll also allow the Vikings to consider shifting last year’s starting LT – Charlie Johnson – to an OG position where he could compete for a starting job and ultimately increase the team’ depth all along the offensive line.

Kalil started at LT for USC beginning in 2010, when he started all 13 games, and then started all 12 games in 2011 as well. His older brother, Ryan, also played at USC and is now a Pro Bowl center for the Carolina Panthers. Matt was a standout performer at the Combine in February, running the 40-yard dash in 4.99 seconds and impressing in the agility drills with times of 4.65 seconds in the 20-yard shuttle and 7.33 seconds in the 3-cone drill, which ranked among the best of all offensive linemen.

The Vikings acquired more than just a potential cornerstone LT in the 1st round on Thursday evening. They also netted 4th-round (#118 overall), 5th-round (139 overall) and 7th-round (#211 overall) choices from Cleveland in exchange for moving back one spot, giving them 14 total selections in the draft. Furthermore, in acquiring those extra selections, they gain ammunition to make a potential move up in the draft at a later time should they choose to pursue that route.


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94 Responses to “Vikings Get Their Man, Select LT Matt Kalil”

  1. By NovaScotiaVike on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    SMART

  2. By Mike B. on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    Great Job Rick we got Kalil

  3. By Mike B. on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    Barrooooohhh

  4. By Mike B. on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    I like that we got our guy Fred has got to be celebrating

  5. By Erik the Red on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    Very awesome stuff, can’t wait for Friday and Saturday. This is a chance to make this team a whole lot better! Skol Vikings!

  6. By tdurfeightyeight on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    So we traded down and still got Kalil…wow i said that over a month ago…

  7. By Mike B. on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    It was the only trade that made sense was to the Browns

  8. By DeerTracks on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    Listion up Kalil baby, you protect Joe Webb just as hard when he is in at QB!

  9. By NorthwoodsVikesFan on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    Awesome!!!! Now, bring on the CBs, WRs and Safeties.

  10. By Mike B. on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    lol DeerTracks

  11. By Lance on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    hmmm Mark barron goes where now? Cheifs?

  12. By NorthwoodsVikesFan on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    I……….smell………..WINS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  13. By Spencer on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

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  14. By Mike B. on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    I am has happy as a pig in slop

  15. By NorthwoodsVikesFan on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    Mike B – I wasn’t saying Tark/Cunningham/Favre weren’t great, just that they didn’t get us to the SB………..I never even mentioned Tarkenton, since he was from another Viking era prior to the quick-fix/shortcut to the SB mentality.

    I’d love to have the Purple People Eaters on our D today, though I think they’d be a bit undersized compared to the 350-lb linemen of today, but Jared Allen would have fit right in with them.

  16. By chris_b on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    lets trade 3 of our 4 4th round pics and get back into the first to get barron

  17. By Lance on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    wow tampa takes barron! H smith def not making it out first!

  18. By NorthwoodsVikesFan on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    So who’s got a Viking “Draft-in-progress” – who’s our second pick?

  19. By Mike B. on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    barron to Tampa

  20. By 25yearsaViking on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    Nice work Tricky Ricky. Got your stalliion and added 3 more. 12 PICKS LEFT!!!!!

  21. By Shawn on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    wheres Fred Jones we got a 1st round OLmen

  22. By NovaScotiaVike on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    Why did Mark Barron wear a tablecloth to the draft?

  23. By chris_b on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    there goes barron

  24. By Shawn on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    Spielman probably trying to get back in first for HSmith … fingers crossed

  25. By qwiksilver on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    So we essentially still got our guy and got some extra picks? Winning!!!

  26. By Mike B. on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    I was just saying NorthwoodsVik is that championships are hard to get even with a great team and the Vikings of the 70s were great and they couldn’t get a superbowl win. The patchwork Vikings were as good as they could be. It’s tough to get a championship.

  27. By chris_b on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    think that was kind a high for saftey

  28. By Lance on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    I dunno if we can afford to move up far enough to take smith. Not without lossing picks more then what we already gained…

    T johnson in 2nd!

  29. By Troutdaddy on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    Yeah baby! And some people thought it wouldn’t happen…. Pffff…. Keep gpoing Spielman. You got us 3 more picks!!! Gonna be a great couple of nights in Vike-land!

  30. By Saddy on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    Great job spielman, Matt kalil yay, now let’s get Harrison smith

  31. By Mike B. on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    Yeah I figured Tannehill would fall to Miami anyway

  32. By tdurfeightyeight on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    barron ‘s a player

  33. By sandiamond on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    fred has a chance now to liv the Dream 2OL/2DB by the end of RD4

  34. By sandiamond on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    By sandiamond on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    so many teams looking a safety! miracle if we land harrison smith

  35. By chris_b on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    speilman is starting to win me over

  36. By troy on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    Bucs panicked

  37. By Lance on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    Gilmore! wow!

  38. By Frost on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    Gilmore looks like he wants to cry…haha

  39. By sandiamond on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    Weapons for Ponder next on the list! stephen hill, alshon jeffery,kendall wright,brian quick

  40. By Spencer on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    LOL- RIGHT BEFORE the commish says the players name…the crowd says “WHAT’

  41. By Canadian Vikes Fan on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    Not often I say this, but really good job Vikings brass. Got the cornerstone AND picked up some extra picks

  42. By Lance on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    I didnt think bills would go CB at all.. I thought floyd

    not good i dont want all these DB’s going early

  43. By Frost on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    Stephen Hill – Harrison Smith – or – Janoris Jenkins @ 35

    C’mooooon son…

  44. By Lance on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    No to hill… we dont need a 2nd rd WR… I d love to harrison fall but 99% sure he wont. JJ will fall to 3rd. T Johnson at 35!

  45. By tdurfeightyeight on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    poe didn’t drop as far as they thought

  46. By Spencer on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    Mark Baron looks like a Goon lol.

  47. By charliewest40 on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    We need a run on QBs and Olinemen !!

  48. By sandiamond on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    lance you are lost! jenkins and kirkpatrick coming off the board sOOn

  49. By Lance on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    Dre will be next your right… jenkins will fall. maybe mid 2nd highest

  50. By rick on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    just think how good all these picks will look in the LA sunshine!!

  51. By greatirishpotatofamine on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    What i would do to land Decastro and Kalil

  52. By sandiamond on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    VikingUpdate.com‏

    Spielman said the #Vikings didn’t want to trade out of the top five. Called Tampa Bay.

  53. By Shawn on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    OK so the QB, RB, TE, and OL positions are now the strenths on this team.

  54. By Mike B. on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    Thursday games all season not sure I like that

  55. By dryes on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    what an awesome draft! great move, Spielman. BARooooooooooooommmm!!!!!!

  56. By Erik the Red on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    rick, you can eat some babies.

  57. By Frost on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    Trade back into the 1st round and take H. Smith…

  58. By tdurfeightyeight on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    i hope some ot’s come off the board and another qb.as well before we pick at #35

  59. By Spencer on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    Our o-line is big as f-ck now.

    I want Toby getting 25 touches per game.

  60. By NovaScotiaVike on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    Rick is short for Richard. D1ck is also short for Richard.

  61. By sandiamond on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    Harrison there on NE’s picks then Spielman should be calling!

  62. By Shawn on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    Gary Zimmerman
    Todd Steussie
    Bryant McKinnie
    Matt Kalil

    25 years so far at LT … could grow that to 35

    not bad

  63. By tdurfeightyeight on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    trumaine johnson can play safety as well as cb

  64. By Spencer on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    Floyd and Fitz is unstoppable…

  65. By Meekay on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    Floyd will have a better year than Blackmon. Easily.

  66. By Mike B. on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    with Kolb as their QB I am not sure they will be that much better

  67. By AJue11 on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    Good play by Rick and the boys… for the first time in over 2 years it looks like this team knows what they are doing

  68. By sandiamond on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    Rick Spielman: Vikings might attempt to get back into first round #Vikings (via the 1500 ESPN SportsWire)

    They are seeing this: S and CB runszzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

  69. By Meekay on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    Kolb>Gabbert

  70. By Lance on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    I hope they do! we need H smith… I just dont know what point it will be worth it

  71. By Lance on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    Gabbert is better then people think… they couldnt protect him.. and he had absolutly no one to throw to

  72. By sandiamond on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    shocka

  73. By hognuts on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    Never heard of him.

  74. By VIKINGFAN4LIFE on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    what number is Kalil going to have? Because Love has 75

  75. By sandiamond on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    3 DB drafted in top 10 for first time since 2005 (Adam Jones, Antrel Rolle, Carlos Rogers).

  76. By Parody on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    New Blog……….

  77. By Spencer on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    WHO??????????

  78. By Jordan Adams on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    I am beyond thrilled. We can hopefully get another 3-4 starters in this year’s draft and add depth at many other positions. Adding Kalil is a huge deal. Kalil, Peterson, and Allen are the 3 elite players here.

  79. By Nicholas on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    The Pick is IN: Speilman is COMPETENT!!!

  80. By greatirishpotatofamine on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    Spielman has to be successful from here, thats how we got in this mess

  81. By KoN on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    I knew Spielman would make the right choice.

  82. By eddie torres on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    Is it just me or did Kalil not seem happy at all. I went back 5 times and watched him be greeted by family and friends and then when he took the hat from the guy he mouthed a cuss word not to me written here, which seemed to me it indicated he was not happy…check it out and see if I’m right.

  83. By Frost on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    couldn’t tell what he mumbled when getting his hat, but what i did notice was his mom…

    what a milf!!! she could get it….haha

  84. By tdurfeightyeight on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    is it going to be smith?

  85. By tdurfeightyeight on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    or stepen hill?

  86. By tdurfeightyeight on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    we got smith baby!

  87. By tdurfeightyeight on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    Wow! we traded back into the first round…and got Smith…the brass must read my blogs

  88. By tdurfeightyeight on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    Matt Kalil and Harrison Smith…What a great day for the Vikings

  89. By Jayson on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    Very Good job Vikes! SKOL

  90. By Larry on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    We got Kalil,and Smith is the first.Who are we getting in th third?I hope someone.Im not impressed.

  91. By vikings4seven on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    Hope kalil works out for us. He seems like an ass. Very little emotion, like he did us a favor by accepting our pick. I would instantly hire is mom in some compacity.

  92. By Rogerthevikefan on Apr 26, 2012 | Reply

    Nice start to the draft. Get another OT/G Tom Compton or Andrew Datko. Add a Corner (hope Janoris Jenkins falls). A solid WR, a coverage LB, and a run stuffing DT.

  93. By Kyler on Apr 27, 2012 | Reply

    Tobby gerhart is not good we need a complementary back to AP with good speed and great hands now another back who is slow and has no running back instincts he is not a threat to break big plays we he is slow to the whole and he gets smacked around for how big he is.

  94. By DeuceSavage on Apr 28, 2012 | Reply

    Kalil can block & take on a horde of raging Raptors! Nothings gonna eat the QB this time!!!

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