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It seems Southern California left tackle Matt Kalil was bred for success.
His father, Frank, played pro football in the United States Football League in the 1980s. His brother, Ryan, played center at USC and now plays for the Carolina Panthers.
Matt followed Ryan to USC and became the latest in a line of great Trojans tackles that includes Hall of Famers Ron Yary and Anthony Munoz and former All-Pro Tony Boselli. He is projected to be a top-five pick in April's NFL draft, the next great pro in the Trojan pipeline.
Stanford left tackle Jonathan Martin believes he's better than Kalil. Their teams were Pac-12 rivals, and the two are friends who respect each other. Stanford defeated USC 56-48 in three overtimes when their teams played last season.
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USC’s Matt Kalil is regarded by most analysts as the best tackle in this year’s NFL draft, and Kalil doesn’t hesitate to say he agrees with that assessment. “I would definitely say I am the best tackle in the draft,” Kalil said Thursday. That might sound arrogant, but Kalil believes it’s exactly what NFL teams…
The Vikings are taking a hard look at USC offensive tackle Matt Kalil, but there could be other tackle options for them if they trade down.
USC offensive tackle, projected to be a top-10 draft pick, is well aware of what to expect as a pro after watching brother Ryan become a Pro Bowl center with the Carolina Panthers.Matt Kalil, widely projected to be a top-10 draft pick, will be protecting the blind side of an NFL quarterback in the fall.
If the Vikings don’t have a shot at USC tackle Matt Kalil, receiver Justin Blackmon provides a nice fallback option. Blackmon’s college QB, Brandon Weeden, talked about the receiver’s personality and value as a player and draft prospect.
It seems Southern California left tackle Matt Kalil was bred for success. His father, Frank, played pro football in the United States Football League in the 1980s. His brother, Ryan, played center at USC and now plays for the Carolina Panthers. Matt followed Ryan to USC and became the latest in a line of great Trojans tackles that includes Hall of Famers Ron Yary and Anthony Munoz...
Stanford’s Jonathan Martin may not receive the top billing as the best offensive tackle at the NFL Combine according to the scouting services. Scouts Inc. has him rated as the third-best tackle behind USC’s Matt Kalil and Iowa’s Riley Reiff, and some mock drafts have Martin going mid-first round.
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