EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. First-round draft pick Matt Kalil had quite the audience in his first practice session for the Minnesota Vikings, who selected the big left tackle from USC with the fourth-overall pick in last week's draft.
Attending Minnesota's rookie mini-camp, Kalil had his first chance to put on a Vikings jersey as he went through drills with Minnesota's nine other draft picks, 15 undrafted free agents and over 50 other players on tryouts or futures contracts Friday at Winter Park.
As he was working through drills with offensive line coach Jeff Davidson, the spectators started to make their way to the practice fields. Quarterback Christian Ponder, tight ends Kyle Rudolph and John Carlson watched the offensive linemen work from nearby. Coincidentally, the rest of the offensive line that could be starting next season with Kalil also were watching, including Charlie Johnson, John Sullivan, Brandon Fusco and Phil Loadholt.
They watched as the 6-foot-6, 306-pound Kalil display...