With Matt Kalil under contract through 2015 and Phil Loadholt locked up a year longer than that, the Minnesota Vikings boast a sturdy and talented pair of offensive tackles they can include in the core of their roster for many more seasons.
The similarities of the recent high draft picks stop there, though. Kalil, the first-rounder in 2012, and Loadholt, a second-round selection in 2009, are about as opposite as players can be at the same position.
''We don't eat dinner together,'' Loadholt said, flashing a wry smile.
Diet is the root of their difference. The 6-foot-8 Loadholt, who carries as imposing of a physique as any player in the sport, tries to keep his weight at 335 pounds during the season. His story is more typical of the hulking modern NFL offensive lineman.
''He fasts a couple of days before weigh-ins,'' Kalil said. ''I try to eat as much as I can.''
That's because the 6-foot-7 Kalil has the metabolism of, well, a wide receiver. He wanted to play tight end in high s...