Originally posted on Football Nation  |  Last updated 2/28/12

When drafted in April, Matt Kalil will follow in the footsteps of his father Frank and brother Ryan into the NFL. Ryan currently plays center for the Carolina Panthers and Frank played in the USFL and for the NFL's Buffalo Bills.

Kalil likely cemented his status as a top-five pick come April with a nice showing at the NFL Combine. He ran the 40-yard dash in 4.99 seconds (officially), which is very good for a player his size, and he also showed strength in the bench press by putting up 30 reps at 225 pounds. Kalil also measured out well in arm length (34 and 1/2 inches), which should serve him admirably at the next level. He has also received accolades from scouts for playing with an aggressive demeanor, so any team looking for a left tackle in this year's Draft is likely to be targeting the USC product.


Height: 6' 6 5/8"
Weight: 306 lbs.
Position: Offensive Tackle
School: University of Southern California
Class: Junior

College Production: Two-year starter at left tackle; 2011 All-Pac-12 First Team; Named 2011 First Team All-American by multiple outlets; 2011 Lombardi Award Semi-Finalist; USC Offensive Lineman of the Year-2011; 2011 Pac-12 Morris Trophy winner; Blocked four kicks as a special teamer in 2011; allowed just eight sacks in 2011

Strengths: Strong pass blocker, displays solid all-around fundamentals, good recognition and strength, and his arm length also serves as an asset. As a run blocker, displays good initial quickness, finishes his blocks well while showing good ability to get to the second level. Also excels at maintaining his pad level as a run blocker while exhibiting strength and showing a nasty demeanor. Has the prototypical build of an NFL left tackle.

Weaknesses: Not considered to have elite lateral agility, which may make him susceptible to speed rushers and secondary pass rush moves at the NFL level. Has added weight since the end of his collegiate career, but may be a little light for a left tackle even at his current 306 pounds.

Draft Projection: Kalil is a virtual lock to be a first-round pick, and looks very likely to go off the board somewhere in the top five.

Best Landing Spot: 3-Minnesota Vikings- The Vikings have clear need for a left tackle to help protect 2011 first round pick Christian Ponder, and assuming they do not attempt to trade down,  Kalil looks like the no-brainer pick at No. 3 overall if he is available. He would be a big help in opening holes in the running game as well, and running back Adrian Peterson would certainly welcome him with open arms. The Vikings also have a big need at wide receiver, but Kalil may be one of the safer picks in this year's class and a potential building block for years to come.

NFL Comparison: Joe Thomas - Thomas measured similarly to Kalil (6'6 5/8", 311 lbs.) at the NFL Combine and was the third overall pick himself by the Cleveland Browns in 2007 out of the University of Wisconsin. Thomas also ran a similar 40-yard dash time at the NFL Combine (4.92 seconds), put up 28 bench press reps and his arm length measured at 33 inches. Thomas has been selected to the Pro Bowl after all five of his NFL seasons and has started all 80 of his career games. If Kalil's career follows a similar path, any team that selects him would certainly be happy with the results.












 

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