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USC tackle Matt Kalil will go pro


One of the major early questions about the upcoming draft has been answered.

ESPN’s Chris Mortensen reports that USC tackle Matt Kalil has decided to go pro. Mort believes Kalil is a top-five pick, potentially the premier left tackle in this draft.  Matt’s brother Ryan plays for the Panthers and is the highest paid center in football.

We still haven’t heard about USC quarterback Matt Barkley’s status yet. It was believed that whether Kalil stayed would be a bellwether for Barkley’s future. We’d expect Barkley to declare his status sooner than later.

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32 Responses to “USC tackle Matt Kalil will go pro”
  1. newtons2ndlaw says: Dec 15, 2011 9:46 PM

    How cool would it be if the Panthers (who have a top 5 pick) draft Matt and have an O-line filled with brothers.

    Seriously though, if he’s any where near as good as his older bro, we need to grab him up.

  2. kingviking414 says: Dec 15, 2011 9:47 PM

    He’d look great in Viking purple!!!

  3. theallegedone says: Dec 15, 2011 9:48 PM

    The way it’s looking now..he should land in Minnesota with the #3 pick. Luck is going to the Colts. Blackmon will go to the Rams. The Vikings are DESPERATE for offensive line help and this kid is on the left side of the line. He will be a great pickup for the Vikes.

  4. davikes says: Dec 15, 2011 9:48 PM

    Please, Vikings…

  5. trbowman says: Dec 15, 2011 9:49 PM

    Overrated. If he didn’t have Kalil on the back of jersey, no one would think he is a top five prospect.

  6. bigshirk says: Dec 15, 2011 9:49 PM

    Tyron Smith who is having a great season for the Cowboys, played RT at USC because of this dude. BEAST!

  7. gberg09 says: Dec 15, 2011 9:52 PM

    SKOL! The future begins now!

  8. mvpolamalu says: Dec 15, 2011 9:53 PM

    Best news the Rams have heard in a looong time

  9. mvpolamalu says: Dec 15, 2011 9:56 PM

    @trbowman this guy is no question a much better prospect than Ryan Kalil ever will be, and Ryan is pretty good. Theres no denying hes amazing, if you have ever seen any of his tape he dominates anybody who tries to get by him

  10. pudgalvin says: Dec 15, 2011 10:11 PM

    Yeah, Viking fans, unless Justin Blackman goes absolutely berserk at the combine, I think the Rams take him. Thank Jason Smith for sucking so bad.

  11. maxvv says: Dec 15, 2011 10:11 PM

    The Packers will skip him with their first overall pick to draft a franchise quarterback.

    …….says Bizarro Superman!


  12. istateyourname says: Dec 15, 2011 10:13 PM

    Do you mean “Pro” like Sam Hurd or do you mean playing football? You never know with these guys…

  13. vikesfansteve says: Dec 15, 2011 10:14 PM

    He will be a Viking unless by some miracle Luck is still available.

  14. jessethegreat says: Dec 15, 2011 10:16 PM

    Rams going to auction #2 pick off to the highest bidder for Kalil. Think about the new labor agreement…. Top 2 overall franchise tackle for under 5 million / year. They will recoup more value for him than Cleveland did for Julio Jones pick last year. Great way for Cowher to head into St. Louie as coach and GM.

  15. 11wheatd says: Dec 15, 2011 10:27 PM

    pudgalvin says:
    Yeah, Viking fans, unless Justin Blackman goes absolutely berserk at the combine, I think the Rams take him. Thank Jason Smith for sucking so bad.

    Yeah too bad the Vikings get the 2nd pick if they both stay at 2 wins. SOS is the first factor in tiebreakers and the Rams have the higher SOS.

  16. dionoil says: Dec 15, 2011 10:29 PM

    Interestingly, Ryan Kalil ask mort on twitter if the report was accurate. You’d think he’d tell his brother before the press

  17. someidiotfromouthereintheprojects says: Dec 15, 2011 10:30 PM

    he may be the most valuable player in the draft and will easily be the safest pick of the first round. and if you think he’s “overrated” then you’re just not very bright at all. somebody is gonna get a lot better real quick with matt kalil on their team

  18. njpurplehaze says: Dec 15, 2011 10:41 PM

    filings just drafted a first round qb… way they take luck, even if he’s o worry the board, which he wont be. Kalil or Blackmon in purple, two huge needs, so no mistakes here. Skol Vikings!

  19. waltdawg says: Dec 15, 2011 10:46 PM


  20. t16rich says: Dec 15, 2011 10:59 PM

    USC. That means he is pro right?

  21. vikesfan67 says: Dec 15, 2011 11:17 PM

    Pure and simple Skol Vikings!!!!!!! I mean purple…….

  22. draftdoctor says: Dec 15, 2011 11:28 PM

    The Vikings will rnd up with the 2nd pick if the Rams and Vikings both end up with 2 wins because the Rams will end with the stronger strength of schedule. If the Rams did get the 2nd pick because the Vikings beat the Redskins, they may trade the pick to a team wanting Barkely.The Rams have far more needs than the Vikings and could use the extra picks. Also the Rams have had bad luck picking OTs high in the draft and may be gun shy.Alex Barron, Jason Smith and Roger Saffold were disappointments.

  23. bmue42 says: Dec 15, 2011 11:36 PM

    he wont even have to move if he goes to the vikings

  24. bmue42 says: Dec 15, 2011 11:38 PM

    trbowman says:
    Dec 15, 2011 9:49 PM
    Overrated. If he didn’t have Kalil on the back of jersey, no one would think he is a top five prospect.


    he doesnt have kalil on the back of his jersey look at the picture dope

  25. toonsterwu says: Dec 16, 2011 12:07 AM

    He’s a good OL talent, with the athleticism and length to potentially be very good, but I don’t know if he’s a great OL draft value overall, in comparing him to top LT prospects of the past few years. That said, he’s probably the best of the lot at a premium position, and he should go top 5. Experience, and a pro-strength program should make him that much better. Somewhat reminds me of Jordan Gross in some respects, just a solid all-around guy.

    Someone said he was the safest pick in the draft. I think Kalil has the highest ceiling of all the LT’s in the draft, and is fairly safe, but I’m not sure he’s safer than Reiff of Iowa in the same way that Bulaga was arguably safer than Okung/Williams that year (and I think Reiff is a better talent than Bulaga, and the gap from Reiff to Kalil, in terms of upside, isn’t much).

    draftdoctor – Rodger Saffold was excellent last year for the Rams. He was hurt this year. Overall, hard to call him a disappointment. My guess is that they’ll either try to add a playmaker to their offense (wouldn’t stun me if the Rams took Trent Richardson and moved on from the Steven Jackson era, but obviously, WR is the bigger individual need). A lot will come down to how things play out this offseason for the WR group and who the Rams bring in, assuming Spagnuolo is out (and there’s so much smoke about that, it’s hard for me to think Spagnuolo makes it back, although I think he is a good coach).

  26. adiddie says: Dec 16, 2011 12:14 AM

    How sweet would it be if the rams lose one more game

  27. trollhammer20 says: Dec 16, 2011 1:06 AM

    Nice. Fill up the top of the board with talent, so that the QBs are more likely to fall to the mid-teens, where Seattle picks.

  28. tatum064 says: Dec 16, 2011 1:23 AM

    Lets hope he’s a step above Winston Justice and Sam Baker…SC tackles haven’t quite lit the league on fire the way Munoz did back in the day.

  29. bears46 says: Dec 16, 2011 2:19 AM

    How can a “comment” be longer than the article?

  30. squared80 says: Dec 16, 2011 7:39 AM

    Viking purple.

  31. draftdoctor says: Dec 16, 2011 11:02 AM

    Toons-you are right that Saffold was good last year and I realize he had a concusion but this year was a letdown. The Rams have alot needs;they were dreadful against the Seahawks.

  32. MossMoon2Packers says: Dec 16, 2011 11:11 AM

    As things stand now, the Vikings have the #2 pick and the Rams have the #3 pick because, although the each have only 2 wins, the Rams have had a tougher schedule.

    Having said that, even though they need O-line help, I still believe the Rams will go for the stud WR, because it’s critical that Bradford have someone talented to throw the ball to.

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