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.
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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.

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