Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 4/26/12

With the 3rd overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the Minnesota Vikings select Left Guard, Matt Kalil from USC.

The Minnesota Vikings consummated a trade less than an hour before the draft to drop down one spot and gained a fourth (118), fifth (139) and seventh (211) round picks in the process.

 

That huge sigh of relief you just heard was Christian Ponder (and most Vikings Fans) as the Vikings make the right choice and select the top Lineman in the draft to protect the QB’s blindside for the foreseeable future. The trade offers didn’t come together for the Vikings, and they wisely decided to continue building on the offensive side of the line with their first pick in the draft.

 

Rick Spielman, the GM of the Minnesota Vikings was able to pull off the trade that gave the Vikings 3 additional picks and still gave them a cornerstone Left Tackle.  Kalil projects to be a day one starter for the Vikings this season and well into the future.

 

Even with the worst secondary in the league and holes at Linebacker as well, the Vikings are wise to continue building their offense.  The Vikings have no chance at winning if their starting QB is getting pummeled on a regular basis.  Kalil will also open up holes in the running game for Adrian Peterson to return to form after he completes the rehab of his injured knee.

 

The Vikings still have plenty of picks remaining to fill holes in the secondary and at Wide Receiver and if they can find a diamond in the rough at Line Backer they may be closer to contention than most think.  The Vikings also have the flexibility to take a flyer or two later in the draft with the extra picks from the Browns.



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