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With USC and Utah set to square off tonight we get to relive their meeting last year which ushered in the Pac 12 in fashion. Trailing 17-14 with seconds left, the Utes lined up for a game-tying 41-yard field goal which was easily blocked by massive Trojans lineman Matt Kalil. Torrin Harris returned it for a TD to give the Trojans a 23-14 win, narrowly covering the five point spread...
Via Double Coverage Football
October 04, 2012  |  Discuss

Allen, Kalil forming 'working partnership'

MANKATO, Minn. Quarterbacks, receivers, explosive playmakers such as Adrian Peterson and Percy Harvin; those are players that usually draw the eyeballs of fans in the early going at training camp. Fans also want to see how first-round picks look in their first training camp, but when that first-rounder is an offensive lineman, the attention is often elsewhere. But Matt Kalil is...
Via Fox Sports North
July 31, 2012  |  Discuss

Allen, Kalil forming 'working partnership'

MANKATO, Minn. Quarterbacks, receivers, explosive playmakers such as Adrian Peterson and Percy Harvin; those are players that usually draw the eyeballs of fans in the early going at training camp. Fans also want to see how first-round picks look in their first training camp, but when that first-rounder is an offensive lineman, the attention is often elsewhere. But Matt Kalil is...
Via Fox Sports North
July 31, 2012  |  Discuss

Vikings' draft nets a 'B' average from experts

Minnesota Vikings new general manager Rick Spielman conducted his first draft having the final say on the team's picks and certainly enjoyed the experience. There was a constant smile on Spielman's face in his post-pick press conferences. Coach Leslie Frazier described him as "giddy" after Minnesota traded with the Cleveland Browns to swap the third and fourth...
Via Fox Sports North
April 29, 2012  |  Discuss

The Top Six smartest first round picks

Continuing with companion piece of the not-so-obvious but meaningful draft picks, are the top six smartest first round draft picks in the 2012 NFL Draft. #4 Matt Kalil USC/T/Minnesota Yes, this is one of those obvious picks, so technically it does not qualify as interesting enough to make this column. However, the manner in which the Vikings acquired Kalil was as genius as the Cleveland...
Via thepigskinreport.com
April 28, 2012  |  Discuss

Kalil was Vikings' guy all along with initial pick

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. Once Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman was finished dealing at the top of Thursday's first round of the NFL draft, he made a phone call to USC left tackle Matt Kalil and ended the long-awaited decision to pick Kalil over cornerback Morris Claiborne and receiver Justin Blackmon. Kalil's phone rang with a Minnesota number and he knew he would...
Via Fox Sports North
April 27, 2012  |  Discuss

Kalil was Vikings' guy all along with initial pick

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. Once Minnesota Vikings general manager Rick Spielman was finished dealing at the top of Thursday's first round of the NFL draft, he made a phone call to USC left tackle Matt Kalil and ended the long-awaited decision to pick Kalil over cornerback Morris Claiborne and receiver Justin Blackmon. Kalil's phone rang with a Minnesota number and he knew he would...
Via Fox Sports North
April 27, 2012  |  Discuss

NFL Draft-or-Bust Off: Minnesota Vikings Select Matt Kalil

And after trading back from the 3rd pick to the 4th pick with the Cleveland Browns, the Minnesota Vikings select ... Matt Kalil, tackle, USC, effectively shutting up all you morons who thought the team would select Justin Blackmon (I'M LOOKING AT YOU SHAWN ZOBEL). WHO? Matt Kalil, tackle out of USC, is a 6'6", 306 pound red-shirt junior who started at left tackle for...
Via Purple Jesus Diaries
April 27, 2012  |  Discuss

Minnesota Vikings Land Potential Perennial Pro Bowl Left Tackle Matt Kalil

Photo Credit: Vikings.com Rick Spielman fooled us all— and perhaps that was his plan after all. Following weeks of speculation that the Minnesota Vikings would take Morris Claiborne over Matt Kalil, the team has taken its left tackle of the future.  Minnesota stayed in the fourth spot after trading down with the Cleveland Browns, a club that swapped picks to secure running back...
Via Gridiron Grit
April 26, 2012  |  Discuss

USC's Matt Kalil taken 4th in NFL Draft

USC offensive tackle Matt Kalil was selected as the fourth pick in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft today (April 26) by the Minnesota Vikings. Kalil, a 2011 All-American first teamer who won the Pac-12's Morris Trophy, declared for the NFL Draft following his junior season. He becomes USC's 76th first round NFL draft pick, the most of any school. The Trojans now...
Via Fox Sports West
April 26, 2012  |  Discuss

Matt Kalil: First Round NFL Draft Pick for the Minnesota Vikings

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...
Via Football Nation
April 26, 2012  |  Discuss

2012 NFL Draft: Vikings Select Matt Kalil

    The Vikings trade down a pick and get their man in OT Matt Kalil out of USC. At nearly 6″7 and 306 pounds, Kalil helped the Trojans average 456.8 yards of total offense. The Trojans’ offensive line only allowed eight sacks, none of which was allowed by Kalil.  For his effort, Kalil was named to several All-American teams, while also becoming the 12th Trojan offensive...
Via MyTeamRivals.com
April 26, 2012  |  Discuss

Meet Matt Kalil's Girlfriend

 Big boy got game!! To celebrate Matt Kalil being selected 4th pick overall in the NFL draft, we present to you Mary-Kate Fitzpatrick in some HOT MUGSHOTS!!! Height: 5' 8" Weight: 120 lbs Bust: 34" Waist: 26" Hips: 34" Cup: C Dress: 3 Shoe: 9.0 Hair color: Brown Hair length: Very Long Eye color: Green ...
Via Beer Mug Sports
April 26, 2012  |  Discuss

2012 NFL Draft: Live Blog!

You’ll have to hit the refresh page every few minutes to see my latest thoughts since we’re not very high tech yet here on the site. But if anybody’s reading, we appreciate it! 5:25: I’ve got 2 mock drafts out there, one that has the Vikings going with Kalil and another one with them going with Claiborne. Had a lot of draft info this offseason. Team Draft Interests, Draft...
Via 85% Sports
April 26, 2012  |  Discuss

Minnesota Vikings First Round Prediction For Third Pick in 2012 Draft

If you know anything about the Minnesota Vikings’ draft strategy, you know that they’ve yet to fully figure it out. This is a team with plenty of options, but without their sights set on just one. So, who are the players, in question, that the Vikings are targeting? Here they are: 1. Matt Kalil, Offensive Tackle, USC Matt Kalil is a dominant lineman with tremendous size. Believed...
Via Gridiron Grit
April 26, 2012  |  Discuss

Horton Just Hoping For One

As Matt Kalil and Nick Perry fight the East Coast jet lag en route to the NFL's lavash draft ceremony Thursday in New York, Trojans like Shane Horton are sitting at home just hoping to have a phone call at any point this weekend.
Via usc.scout.com
April 26, 2012  |  Discuss

2012 NFL Draft: Trent Richardson Best Pick For Browns

We are less than 48 hours away from the 2012 NFL Draft.  Andrew Luck is going No. 1 to the Colts, RG3 is slotted to go at No. 2 via the Redskins.  So what is going to happen at No. 3 and beyond?  For months it has been said that the Minnesota Vikings were going to take OT Matt Kalil from USC.  Now that we are so close to draft night that seems to be changing.  Now it is being...
Via Football Nation
April 25, 2012  |  Discuss

If not Kalil, what are the other options?

Including USC's Matt Kalil and Iowa's Riley Reiff, the depth at the top of the offensive tackle class has been bolstered by five early entries. If the Vikings don’t take Kalil, what are their other options? You might be surprised Dave-Te' Thomas analysis.
Via min.scout.com
April 24, 2012  |  Discuss

NFL Draft Report: Offensive tackle grades

Dave-Te Thomas ranks the top 90 offensive tackles. The group is led by USC's Matt Kalil, who figures to go to Minnesota at No. 3. The other first-round prospect is Iowa's Riley Reiff.
Via min.scout.com
April 24, 2012  |  Discuss

2012 NFL Draft Top 5 OTs

2012 NFL Draft Top 5 OTs by Eric Judd  NFL/Draft Writer @ericjudd111 Offensive Tackle is one of the most sought after positions in the NFL. Without one, your franchise QB will end up like David Carr (or Sam Bradford). In order to be successful, finding the right one takes time, patience and a little bit of luck. Who, in the top 5 of the 2012 NFL Draft, has fortune smiling down on...
Via The Sports Headquarters
April 21, 2012  |  Discuss

Minnesota Vikings 2012 1st Round Draft Mock

Matt Kalil is an elite LT in our opinion. Now that we officially know who the top two picks in the 2012 NFL Draft will be, following yesterday’s announcement that the Colts informed Stanford Quarterback Andrew Luck on their intent to use the first overall pick on him, FantasyPPR.com is conducting an extensive NFL Draft Mock, to predict how the other 30 picks inthe first round will...
Via PPR Fantasy Football
April 20, 2012  |  Discuss

Vikings have need at receiver but Kalil remains logical choice at No. 3

Minnesota Vikings’ quarterback Christian Ponder (R) passes under pressure from Seattle Seahawks defensive end Alan Branch (L) in the quarter of a pre season game on August 20, 2011 at CenturyLink Field in Seattle. UPI /Jim Bryant Over the past week, ESPN’s Adam Schefter has been adamant that USC left tackle Matt Kalil is not a lock to go to the Minnesota Vikings at No. 3...
Via The Scores Report
April 18, 2012  |  Discuss

Talent, legacy run deep for Kalil

Overlooked as the third-ranked player in a draft that will be remembered as Luck vs. Griffin, there’s plenty to appreciate about Southern Cal offensive tackle Matt Kalil. When all is said and done, he could stand at the front of the lines of blockers he represents with Kalil and USC lineage. “He’s that good,” said one of his former teammates, who joined his position coach in praising him.
Via min.scout.com
April 16, 2012  |  Discuss

Vikings might be forced to keep the 3rd pick and take Matt Kalil

According to Peter King of SI.com, as much as the Minnesota Vikings would love to stir up interest in order to entice some teams to bid for the third overall pick, it’s not happening. It looks like the Vikings will be stuck at the third spot and King believes they’ll end up taking USC tackle Matt Kalil, which would be a great choice for securing the offensive line for quarterback...
Via Pro Football Zone
April 16, 2012  |  Discuss

Kalil, Vikings seem like a good match at No. 3

Today is the fifth day of two weeks of Minnesota Vikings coverage leading up to the April 26 beginning of the NFL draft. April 12: Five best first-rounders in the past 25 years April 13: Five worst first-rounders in the past 25 years April 14: Quarterbacks position preview April 15: Running backsfullbacks position preview Today: Offensive tackles position preview April 17: Guardscenters...
Via Fox Sports North
April 15, 2012  |  Discuss
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