Vikings general manager Rick Spielman says there are a lot of different philosophies about selecting left tackles in the draft. Dominant left tackles are rarely found in free agency, which means the Vikings might have to decide between drafting Matt Kalil from USC, or trading back and hoping the second best tackle in the draft, Riley Reiff from Iowa is still on the board.
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Why the Vikings might want to consider a playmaker over a star LT like Matt Kalil
The Vikings will have a lot of options when they go on the clock with the No. 3 pick in April's NFL Draft. They might be able to take USC left tackle Matt Kalil. However, none of the starting left tackles for playoff teams last season were taken in the top-five of the draft.
Matt Kalil: 'I'm the best tackle in the draft'
Friday is a big day for the Minnesota Vikings as they prepare to meet with USC left tackle Matt Kalil. The 6-foot-6, 306 pound first team All-American wasn't shy by saying he definitely believes he is the best offensive lineman in the draft. Many draft experts believe Kalil will be taken by the Vikings with the third overall pick.
ESPN's Schefter believes the Vikings won't draft left tackle Matt Kalil
ESPN's Adam Schefter believes the Vikings won't use the No. 3 pick in the draft to select Southern California left tackle Matt Kalil. He made the claim in and Q & A session with fans, although he does acknowledge the Vikings have not finalized their decision.
Kalil, Claiborne to attend Vikings annual 'Top 30' event at Winter Park
The NFL Draft is less than a month away and some of the top prospects in the draft will attend the Vikings' annual Top 30 event next Wednesday. USC offensive tackle Matt Kalil and LSU defensive back Morris Claiborne are both scheduled to make the trip to the team's practice facility at Winter Park.
Kalil has 'very good' visit with Vikings
The latest indication that Matt Kalil is the most likely selection for the Vikings with the third pick in the draft comes from his older brother and Carolina Panthers lineman Ryan Kalil. He says Matt had a “very good” visit with the Vikings last week, and offensive line coach Jeff Davidson “would really help” his younger brother.
Christian Ponder and Matt Kalil together forever?
In an interview on NFL Network's "Total Access," Vikings' quarterback Christian Ponder said he hasn't stopped smiling since the Vikings drafted left tackle Matt Kalil. He says Kalil is "really athletic" and already doing a great job at OTAs. "Hopefully we have 10-15 years together with the Vikings," Ponder said.
Kalil to Vikes: Pick me, and don't worry about left tackle for 10 years
USC’s Matt Kalil sounds like he might be a perfect fit for the Vikings. In a chat with the Star Tribune, Kalil says if he’s drafted next week, the Vikes “won’t have to worry about finding a left tackle for the next decade.”
Does Spielman prefer Claiborne over Kalil?
Bob Sansevere of the Pioneer Press believes Vikings general manager Rick Spielman might favor LSU defensive back Morris Claiborne over USC left tackle Matt Kalil. While both players would fill positions of need for the Vikings, Sansevere writes that Spielman raved to him more about Claiborne than Kalil.
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