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Kalil, Smith could be future leaders

Drafting talented players wasn't the only thing the Vikings had in mind when they took Matt Kalil and Harrison Smith in the first round of the NFL Draft. Head coach Leslie Frazier says they were "trying to find not only a talented guy, but a combination of talent and leadership."
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Drafting talented players wasn't the only thing the Vikings had in mind when they took Matt Kalil and Harrison Smith in the first round of the NFL Draft. Head coach Leslie Frazier says they were "trying to find not only a talented guy, but a combination of talent and leadership."

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