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Browns work Kalil out, talk heats up that Vikings will go elsewhere

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Virtually every mock draft that has been published has the Colts taking Andrew Luck first, the Redskins taking Robert Griffin III second, and the Vikings taking Matt Kalil third. But with eight days to go before the draft, Kalil’s status as the third player off the board doesn’t appear to be a sure thing.

There’s increasing talk around the NFL that Kalil, the USC left tackle who is universally regarded as the top offensive lineman in the draft, will still be available after the Vikings make their pick. And with that in mind, the Browns, who pick fourth, are sending a contingent to conduct a private workout with Kalil.

Nearly every projection has had the Browns picking among Alabama running back Trent Richardson, LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne or Oklahoma State receiver Justin Blackmon, with Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill a possible wild card. But if Kalil gets past the Vikings, he’s someone the Browns would have to consider — even though left tackle is not a need for the Browns, who have Joe Thomas at the position.

So if the Vikings pass on Kalil, who would they take? ESPN’s Adam Schefter reported that the Vikings like the idea of acquiring Blackmon as a weapon for quarterback Christian Ponder, and they also like the idea of acquiring Claiborne with the knowledge that they’re going to need a cornerback who can cover Detroit’s Calvin Johnson, Green Bay’s Greg Jennings and Chicago’s Brandon Marshall twice a season each.

Or maybe the Vikings really have already settled on Kalil, and everything else is just smoke. At this point in the draft process, there’s more smoke than fire.

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52 Responses to “Browns work Kalil out, talk heats up that Vikings will go elsewhere”
  1. bigshirk says: Apr 18, 2012 4:28 PM

    Dang! Thomas at LT Mack at C and Kalil at RT! That would be pretty.

  2. duanethomas says: Apr 18, 2012 4:33 PM

    Just kicking the tires…if they take Kalil what do they do with their All Pro tackle J. Collins? The Vikings will take him…..

  3. everydayimfumbilin says: Apr 18, 2012 4:33 PM

    theres no better player at 3 then Matt Kalil besides Trent Richardson. who they dont need. It will be Kalil.

  4. subzero00 says: Apr 18, 2012 4:35 PM

    When you say talks heat up that Vikings will go elsewhere do you mean L.A.?

  5. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Apr 18, 2012 4:36 PM

    Yes, the Vikings would be interested in Blackmon or Claiborne…if they trade down. If Kalil is available when they pick, they’re taking him.

  6. stavreafavre says: Apr 18, 2012 4:36 PM

    “Talk heats up that Vikings may go elsewhere” – yep, in more ways than one.

  7. matzahballz says: Apr 18, 2012 4:36 PM

    For months I’ve been saying Vikes need to draft Blackmon to pair with Harvin and Peterson. Kalil is the best T prospect yes but not close to what a real top T is suppose to be (Long, Thomas). There was a great article showing the last 5-10 yr Super Bowl winners and their LT’s (garbage). Take Blackmon or trade the pick and get OL later and don’t think twice.

  8. bchapman2011 says: Apr 18, 2012 4:38 PM

    This draft is going to be very very interesting. There are going to be some really suprising decisions made by teams(more so than in years past). I am a Miami fan and I am predicting the big loser of this years draft will be Ryan Tannehill. I think he is being used by alot teams wanting to trade out of their slot to gain additional picks. I am willing to bet that he is still available past pick #20.

  9. binkystevens says: Apr 18, 2012 4:39 PM

    Michael – I think you made an error in only listing Greg Jennings from Green Bay. Don’t forget Jordy Nelson, Jermichael Finley, Randall Cobb, James Jones, and even Donald Driver if he’s fit enough to make the team. Poor Vikings can’t cover them all.

  10. 69jaredallen69 says: Apr 18, 2012 4:39 PM

    Even Rick Spielman can’t be this stupid to pass on Kalil…Blackmon is a lesser Michael Crabtree and you don’t take a corner at #3 if you are a cover 2 team.

  11. hoodoosteve says: Apr 18, 2012 4:42 PM

    Maybe the Browns are just counting on the Purple taking too long to make up their minds on draft night and letting time run out…again. Didn’t that happen twice to them?

  12. mwcarolina says: Apr 18, 2012 4:53 PM

    i will be honest. if the Vikings pass on Kalil, then the Brown’s should get Kalil, with that, they could then take Wright or Randle at pick 22. anyways, a line of Thomas, Mack and Kalil would be scary.

  13. coop16 says: Apr 18, 2012 4:55 PM

    Not likely the Browns take Kalil. He’s primarily a left tackle, and just about the only good player on the Browns’ roster is a left tackle, Joe Thomas. If they took Kalil they’d have to put him at right tackle, which he’s never played before, and besides that, conventional wisdom is that #4 is too early in the draft for a right tackle. The Browns need playmakers, so Richardson or Blackmon make more sense than a right tackle.

  14. supergruby says: Apr 18, 2012 4:55 PM

    Don’t get cute! Play it safe and take the stud LT. Don’t gamble with a #3 pick.

  15. norseyapper says: Apr 18, 2012 4:58 PM

    That “just smoke” you’re talking about would have to be a full purple haze for the Vikings to pass on Kalil.

  16. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Apr 18, 2012 5:00 PM

    hoodoosteve says:Apr 18, 2012 4:42 PM

    Maybe the Browns are just counting on the Purple taking too long to make up their minds on draft night and letting time run out…again. Didn’t that happen twice to them?
    _________

    Actually, it never happened. One year, Kansas City took too long and their time ran out. The Vikings had the next pick and they were criticized for not running up and getting their pick in before KC got theirs in. The next year, they traded their pick to Baltimore but Baltimore screwed them by not calling the trade into the league office.

  17. 97tahoe says: Apr 18, 2012 5:02 PM

    I hope the Vikings don’t screw this up. Take Kalil with the 3rd pick and address receiver in the 2nd round.

  18. glac1 says: Apr 18, 2012 5:03 PM

    The vikings will go elsewhere….. to Omaha!

  19. ickky says: Apr 18, 2012 5:12 PM

    Take the tackle this year, and a reciever or corner at 35. Vikes will prob have an early draft pick next year as well, so grab a star reciever or corner early next year.

  20. billhicks666 says: Apr 18, 2012 5:21 PM

    69jaredallen69 says:

    “…Blackmon is a lesser Michael Crabtree….”

    Okay, I think that Blackmon is overrated, too, but let’s not be ridiculous. He’s a lot – A LOT – better than Crabtree.

  21. vikingsinla says: Apr 18, 2012 5:24 PM

    Claiborne at his position > Kalil at his position.

    The difference between Claiborne vs the next 3-4 DBs = immense

    The difference between Kalil vs the next 3-4 at his position = minimal.

    The Vikes face too many elite WRs to roll with the loser DBs they have now. That is, unless they move to the NFC West! Make it happen Wilf/Goodell!

  22. musicman495 says: Apr 18, 2012 5:29 PM

    Perhaps Vikings have been watching NFL Network. Saw former Bears personnel guy there today saying Kalil was wildly overrated – not nearly the player that Jake Long or Joe Thomas are, especially in terms of pass blocking. Much closer to Trent Williams in ability, whom he said was also not worthy of a Top 5 pick (he went 4th). The plot thickens…….

  23. deucedeuce22 says: Apr 18, 2012 5:41 PM

    You guys are predicting an OL of Thomas, Mack, and Kalil, without even considering the transition from LT to RT, isn’t a walk in the park. Kalil may be able to transition over smoothly, since he is young, but there’s no guarantee that will happen. He could end up mediocre at best (top 20 RT in the league). Take Blackmon.

  24. jimnsota says: Apr 18, 2012 5:43 PM

    Vikes should take Richardson at 3. Trade AP to the Browns for the 4th pick and take Kalil….Now who should be a GM!!!

  25. gbfan says: Apr 18, 2012 5:48 PM

    Maybe they’d better use their first 5 picks on CBs then. You can cover Jennings, going to need someone for Nelson, Finely, Jones and Cobb though.

  26. smodelrsx says: Apr 18, 2012 5:49 PM

    I don’t blame them. Morris Claiborne is going to be a shut down corner in this league very soon. Can u say Claiborne Island.

  27. wethog66 says: Apr 18, 2012 5:54 PM

    Vikings are doing their best to jack up the asking price to trade up into the Vikings spot. Makes sense. If someone gives them Skins type picks to move up, the Vikings would be idiots not to take them. If nothing blows their socks off, they take who they feel will help the most. Win/Win

    Oh and well done, MDS. This part of your post title “talk heats up that Vikings will go elsewhere
    ” was one hell of an NFL **** tease. With the recent events in the Vikings stadium fiasco I thought some juicy rumor on that topic would be included.

  28. jgedgar70 says: Apr 18, 2012 5:57 PM

    deucedeuce22 says:
    Apr 18, 2012 5:41 PM
    You guys are predicting an OL of Thomas, Mack, and Kalil, without even considering the transition from LT to RT, isn’t a walk in the park.
    ______

    It can be. Jordan Gross went from RT to LT to RT to LT his first 4 years and managed to make a Pro Bowl, then a few more Pro Bowls once he settled at LT. Of course he is still making Pro Bowls now even though he’s a decrepit old has-been, but that’s another story. Point being, the transition from one tackle to the other isn’t necessarily rocket science. I think converting from a tackle spot to a guard spot (and vice versa) is harder.

  29. iamthorny says: Apr 18, 2012 5:58 PM

    Does it really matter if the Vikes or Browns take Kalil?

    It’s like asking who the Packers or Patriots are keeing in their last practice squad spot as far as relevancy goes.

  30. realdealsteel says: Apr 18, 2012 5:59 PM

    The Vikings are a team with no cornerbacks, in a division with Arron Rodgers, Matthew Staford and Cutler.

    If the Vikings drafted 3 cornerbacks with their first three picks, who could be mad at them?

  31. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Apr 18, 2012 6:01 PM

    jimnsota says:Apr 18, 2012 5:43 PM

    Vikes should take Richardson at 3. Trade AP to the Browns for the 4th pick and take Kalil….Now who should be a GM!!!
    ______

    While you’re at it, maybe they could trade Devin Aromashodu to the Bucs for the 5th pick and take Blackmon.

  32. cincyorangenblack says: Apr 18, 2012 6:04 PM

    what possible value is there in smoke-screening the 3rd overall pick when 1 and 2 are already locks?

    The ONLY reason I can think of is to try and lure trade partners…but you don’t have to smoke screen for that, much easier to just pick up the phone when it rings….

  33. countyk66ers says: Apr 18, 2012 6:09 PM

    Michael – I think you made an error in only listing Greg Jennings from Green Bay. Don’t forget Jordy Nelson, Jermichael Finley, Randall Cobb, James Jones, and even Donald Driver if he’s fit enough to make the team. Poor Vikings can’t cover them all.

    Binky from one Packerbacker to another quit being so dang smug! After all the drops in the Giants game the Vikings don’t even need a corner.

  34. purplecrowe says: Apr 18, 2012 6:20 PM

    This is such a tough spot for the Queens…The best player at that spot is Richardson, but we all know about RB being “overvalued” at that spot. Plus, even with AP’s shredded knee, they can’t even think RB there with so many other needs…Kalil doesn’t appear to be as elite as say Long or Thomas, and although a spot of need, I don’t beleive no.3 worthy…Blackmon is intruiging and may turn out to be another “freak”, but some might say you can get close to equal value at WR several picks later in Floyd. Again, he’s good but doesn’t stand out as no.3 worthy…Then consider Claiborne, whom I think is the second best player in the draft behind Richardson, but as someone pointed out above isn’t as strong a need in the scheme versus a true man-to-man. You can work around that though, simply put him out there on the island against Megatron, Marshall. etc..while still employing zone schemes with the rest of the unit. But with the volume of CB’s they signed this offseason (albeit not the most talented guys…) it seems as though they’d go another direction at 3. I think the Vikes were (are) hoping to trade out, but only to about #6. Now it appears they won’t get a taker and will be forced to make a pick. And because it’s the Vikes, right or wrong at first blush, it’ll still end up being the wrong pick in the end…

  35. vikingsfanintexas says: Apr 18, 2012 6:27 PM

    thankheavenfornumberseven says:Apr 18, 2012 5:00 PM

    hoodoosteve says:Apr 18, 2012 4:42 PM

    Maybe the Browns are just counting on the Purple taking too long to make up their minds on draft night and letting time run out…again. Didn’t that happen twice to them?
    _________

    Actually, it never happened. One year, Kansas City took too long and their time ran out. The Vikings had the next pick and they were criticized for not running up and getting their pick in before KC got theirs in. The next year, they traded their pick to Baltimore but Baltimore screwed them by not calling the trade into the league office.

    —————————

    It also happened to the Cowboys recently.

    Funny how something that happened in 2003 to the Ravens… not turning in their side of the trade confirmation… gets blamed on the Vikings.

    Just shows how little people actually pay to facts and how often they just accept the “legend” being true.

  36. slowclyde86 says: Apr 18, 2012 6:29 PM

    cincyorange, there is tremendous value in sending out mixed signals at the 3rd pick even with 1 and 2 locked in. If teams are certain you are picking a LT and they have no interest in said player, then Cleveland at 4 is in a position to extract extra picks instead of MN— should someone else fall in love with a prospect not named Kalil.

  37. purplecrowe says: Apr 18, 2012 6:41 PM

    I know they need line help, but I’m hoping the Vikes first three picks go…
    1) Morris Claiborne – CB LSU
    2) Harrison Smith – S ND
    3) Marvin McNutt – WR Iowa

  38. ballboy48 says: Apr 18, 2012 6:41 PM

    LT is probably the hardest position to play on the OL! You are the only thing protecting a crushing blow by a DE, on the Qb’s blindside, and the QB! Kalil would have no problem moving to RT if the Browns grab him!

  39. pmars64 says: Apr 18, 2012 7:00 PM

    If the Vikes pass on Kalil, NO WAY do I want the Browns to take him. I’m still drafting Richardson unless the Vikes do or someone trades up over Cleveland to get Richardson. The Browns definitely need a RT, but they need skill position players more and quality RTs are available later in the draft. Maybe other quality RBs are available later as well, but, by all accounts, Richardson is the best RB since Peterson. He’s tough, a good blocker, has good hands, and seems like a good kid. He’s a beast that would allow the Browns to lay some wood on the Steelers and Ravens for a change.

  40. imaginesuperbowlwin says: Apr 18, 2012 7:17 PM

    Congratulations to all the posters here that took “elsewhere” to that next level. Ooooo, can you be any more original than that?

  41. suite34 says: Apr 18, 2012 7:27 PM

    Top 5 passing offenses–Saints, Packers, Patriots, Lions, Giants. How many top 5 drafted WRs combined? One. And no matter how much you like Blackmon, he ain’t Megatron. The QB makes the WR, not the other way around. Vikings, please, draft your starting LT, protect your QB, and get a WR in the second round.

  42. bigzant82 says: Apr 18, 2012 7:27 PM

    Cleveland please dont have me make a trip to radio city next week and be disappointed by another crappy draft move ugh?

  43. steeelfann says: Apr 18, 2012 7:47 PM

    Steelers should trade Wallace and second round pick for Vikes first pick. Wallace is proven star, with stats similar to Randy Moss and Jerry Rice over their first 3 years. He and Harvin would be insane.

    For the Steelers, they can get an impact player, and still retain a second pick to replace Wallace.

    If you are going to make AP sick to his stomach, it better be a proven player. I mean if you don’t care to take a left tackle.q

  44. andyreiddoublecheeseburger says: Apr 18, 2012 8:21 PM

    Nothing against Kalil, but the Vikes need playmakers on the outside- Blackmon makes sense

  45. thefiesty1 says: Apr 18, 2012 8:39 PM

    Whoever the Browns take at number four you can almost guarantee it’ll be the wrong one.

  46. theemrsanity says: Apr 18, 2012 8:42 PM

    Its funny. 3 months ago Claiborne was far and away the best pro prospect in this years draft contest.
    Now….Indy obviously has to take Luck. And in typical Snyder fashion, Washington bit on the hype of RG3 and mortgaged their foreseeable future to pick him. That said, the best pro ready player available at 3 will be Claiborne. I get the argument for Kalil and even Richardson, but I cant see passing on a shut down corner, especially in that division.

  47. dobberdubinsky says: Apr 18, 2012 8:52 PM

    If the Vikes don’t take Kalil, I’m 100% sure it’s because the Wilfs have decided to move the team already and drafting another player would help get more “No to the New Stadium” votes. There will be a ton of pissed of Vikes fans including myself if he isn’t taken. Kalil at 3 is an absolute no brainer….everybody including Spielman and the Wilfs know this.

  48. duece5 says: Apr 18, 2012 8:53 PM

    binkystevens says:Apr 18, 2012 4:39 PM

    Michael – I think you made an error in only listing Greg Jennings from Green Bay. Don’t forget Jordy Nelson, Jermichael Finley, Randall Cobb, James Jones, and even Donald Driver if he’s fit enough to make the team. Poor Vikings can’t cover them all.

    duece5 says:

    Spoken like the molded cheese breath that you are!
    Need I remind you that those listed players are the same receivers that dropped 7, count them, 7 balls in their BLOWOUT loss to the Giants….IN YOUR MOLDED CHEESE HOUSE!!!!

    No thanks, we don’t want those hands of stones!!!!

    Congrats on going 15-1 and being the only team in NFL HISTORY to not win a playoff game!!

    EPIC FAIL!!!!!!!!!!

  49. mediasloppy says: Apr 18, 2012 9:31 PM

    Right… It’s call the Browns doing their do diligence. If the Vikings trade down or maybe choose another player. However, I don’t trust Adam’s reports about anything. Isn’t he the Schism guy that made up non-story a few years back.

  50. khmer379 says: Apr 18, 2012 9:47 PM

    Accordinding to my Madden franchise drafting Kalil is the way to go ponder have all day to throw Peterson have more room to run and they even pull of a wildcard with a 10-6 record so I so let do it and grab a deep threat reciever in 2nd or 3rd round

  51. lostsok says: Apr 18, 2012 10:32 PM

    This sounds like a ploy to generate interest in #3 for a trade-down. It would take a massive return to risk that move. I’d bet the pick is STILL Kalil.

  52. im2fast4you123 says: Apr 19, 2012 8:33 AM

    If the vikes trade down i would rather have floyd then blackman. Floyd is better he i just projected lower cuz if off the field issues. Blackman is a bust. Another crabtree.

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