EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. Once Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman was finished dealing at the top of Thursday's first round of the NFL draft, he made a phone call to USC left tackle Matt Kalil and ended the long-awaited decision to pick Kalil over cornerback Morris Claiborne and receiver Justin Blackmon.
Kalil's phone rang with a Minnesota number and he knew he would soon be a member of the Vikings.
"It was Spielman," Kalil said of the phone call he received as the fourth-overall pick. "And he said, Are you ready to get this over with?' I said, Hell yeah.' And I'm ready to get this started. No doubt it was very exciting and I talked to the whole offensive coaching staff and they were all excited. I am ready to go over there and do a great job for them."
One phone call ended all the speculation about Minnesota's interests. Spielman did his best to hide his intentions up until the Vikings were on the clock Thursday. Even as recently as Tuesday, Spielman said the team was st...