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After Trading Down Matt Kalil is a Viking

With the 4th pick in the 2012 NFL Draft the Minnesota Vikings picks Tackle Matt Kalil USC. Needing a tackle to make running holes and to protect quarterback Christian Ponders. Kalil is the best offense lineman in the draft the Vikings is able to draft the best player on their board and fill a big need.


  • Ideal frame and wide stance with above average measurables big hands and long arms.
  • Impressive foot speed and range to cover a lot of ground
  • has very good awareness, excellent vision and overall feel for his surroundings


  • needs to continue to get stronger in his lower body
  • tends to get upright off the snap relying on his upper body strength
  • tends to play to the level of his opponents

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15 Responses to “After Trading Down Matt Kalil is a Viking”

  1. SDV says:

    Thank god. I can sleep easy. -SDV

  2. jo says:

    Glad you got your guy SDV

  3. Erik says:

    Good 1st rnd. Amazed how cheap (in picks) it is to move up in the darft with the new CBA.

  4. Erik says:

    Prob didn’t need to trade up to get Smith but at least we only gave up a 4th

    • Vikadan11 says:

      I believe he would have been gone but we will never know because of the trade ~ I believe signing Jerome Simpson made this move easier ~ The Vikings have needed a safety sense Sharper and Dwight Smith left ~

  5. vk4life says:

    Hey Erik we also gave up our 2nd

  6. jo says:

    It our guy……Lets see what friday and Saturday bring.

  7. Lost Viking says:

    First, congratulations to Matt Kalil and Jeff Davidson for re-uniting with Viking front line.

    OK, now lets get this thing out in the open. Why is it Viking have terrible tendency to trade up for the white boys. Harrison Smith, nice Catholic boy from Notre Dame is worth of a trade up. Toby Gerhart is a trade up. Christian Ponder – a trade up. Kyle Rudolph – another Notre Dame catholic boy worthy of a trade up. John Carlson signs big ticket FA contract.

    Then there’s the remainder of the squad. Contract re-structurings, surprise cuts, forced retirements. Does Spielman just have no clue?

    Do we need more evidence that putting idiot Spielman in charge was disaster looking for place to happen? That place is Minnesota and the time is now…

    • Nume says:

      So basically your logic is that Spielman is an idiot because he trades up to draft the obviously inferior white players? I’ve seen several places where they suggest that Smith probably wouldn’t have been available at 35, and I don’t think anyone can argue safety wasn’t a position of need, plus as others have said all they gave up is a 4th rounder, and they still have a ton of picks left, especially after the “idiot” managed to get a 4th, 5th, and 7th for basically nothing.

    • SDV says:

      Lost is that really you? An uncharacteristically not well-thought out posting.


  8. jo says:

    @Lost viking…I don’t think Speilman is showing favoritism by moving up in the draft and picking the players that you named in your previous post.
    I do think that he has a job to field the best team possible ,whether black,white,baptist,muslim or Catholic.
    I think its purely coincidence that those players were white.
    I’m african american and i dont feel that Spielman is being bias. Speilman is a buisness man first, so he is
    going to choose the best player, so he can succeed.
    Everyone in here bleeds purple and we all want to win.

  9. Lost Viking says:

    Thanks for the gentle responses. I’ll admit to having a couple of pops watching the draft.

    Spielman’s actions during the draft leave the perception of favoring a certain school and player-type.

    Obviously, I’m no fan of the Irish.

    When you concentrate authority in the hands of one individual the team can adopt those values. Hope that’s not going to be the case here

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