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Panthers’ top scout: Matt Kalil is better than Ryan Kalil

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USC left tackle Matt Kalil is expected to be the third player chosen on Thursday night at the NFL draft, whereas his older brother, Panthers center Ryan Kalil, was the 59th player chosen in the 2007 NFL draft. So it’s not a surprise that someone who evaluates college football players would say Matt is better than Ryan.

But considering that Ryan has made the last three Pro Bowls for the Carolina Panthers and last year signed a six-year, $49 million contract with the team, it is a little surprising that someone within the Panthers organization is saying publicly that Matt is the better Kalil. Yet that’s exactly what Don Gregory, the Panthers’ director of college scouting, did say.

He’s better than his brother,” Gregory told Bob McGinn of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. “He’s bigger, faster, stronger than his brother. He’s so athletic. He will be a 10-year pro and protect your [expletive] out at left tackle.”

Not everyone, however, is high on Kalil. A day after McGinn quoted an unnamed scout calling Robert Griffin III selfish, McGinn now quotes an unnamed scout questioning Kalil’s character.

“Not one of my faves,” the scout said. “More of it is just his character. He doesn’t have an offensive lineman’s character, especially when you take into account how good his brother is in that way. He’s got a real sense of entitlement.”

Whatever the reasons for an unnamed scout taking a shot at Matt Kalil now, Kalil’s status as a likely third overall pick — and the fact that someone high up in the Panthers organization thinks Kalil is better than his Pro Bowler brother — strongly suggests that that’s a minority opinion.

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22 Responses to “Panthers’ top scout: Matt Kalil is better than Ryan Kalil”
  1. ningenito78 says: Apr 20, 2012 11:23 AM

    I think McGinn’s unnamed source had somebody piss in his Cheerios this week.

  2. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Apr 20, 2012 11:25 AM

    I’m pretty bored with unnamed scouts’ opinions on a player’s character a week before the draft. It seems the longer a guy is considered a no-brainer high pick, the more someone feels the need to try to knock him down.

    Just ask yourself one question, Vikings: Could he possibly be more of a character issue than Bryant McKinnie was?

  3. sportsmeccabi says: Apr 20, 2012 11:30 AM

    Ryan is a center and Matt is a left tackle. Two different positions.
    That being said, Matt is a far superior athlete to Ryan in terms of size speed and strength. However, I am very happy that Ryan Kalil is Carolina’s center.

  4. almighty1 says: Apr 20, 2012 11:35 AM

    Now the first 3 picks are known? The draft is ruined!

  5. mnajb says: Apr 20, 2012 11:37 AM

    @thankheavenfornumberseven
    Or, the longer someone is the consensus best non-quarterback, the more noteworthy the rare signs of dissent. But I’m with you on this one.. Don’t overthink it Spielman.

  6. flapjackdaddy says: Apr 20, 2012 11:52 AM

    This and the RG3 thing sound like pathetic last ditch attempts to try and make a player slide down to the unnamed scout’s own team.

  7. bigredscouting says: Apr 20, 2012 11:52 AM

    By nature of the position, if a left tackle is considered a top tier talent and a center is too, the LT always wins. It’s a higher valued position.

  8. homelanddefense says: Apr 20, 2012 11:55 AM

    all this “unnamed” crap in reporting is horsebleep. If you dont want your name attached it shouldnt be reported.

  9. fkajames says: Apr 20, 2012 12:06 PM

    Just ask yourself one question, Vikings: Could he possibly be more of a character issue than Bryant McKinnie was?

    That’s unpossible.

  10. seeschool says: Apr 20, 2012 12:09 PM

    At which position? Is Matt a better center then Ryan, or just a better left tackle?

    I don’t know who this unnamed scout is, but it’s really quite stupid to compare two player who play very different positions.

    In terms of the character assassinations that people are getting all up in arms over…. this is part of the process. Teams invest millions of dollars into unproven players, and I don’t know if you’ve noticed but the first round is a 50/50 proposition.

    Matt Kalil could be a total bust, and it could be because he isn’t as physically capable as his college career would lead us to believe, or it could be because he doesn’t have the right attitude/work ethic. All of this needs to be examined, and I would rather hear an source chime in because he is allowed to remain anonymous, rather then hear nothing at all.

  11. 4evrnyt says: Apr 20, 2012 12:19 PM

    Why is one persons opinion more valued then the other in your story? Why is the Panther’s take on Kalil not as valid as the ‘un-named scout?’

  12. 4evrnyt says: Apr 20, 2012 12:24 PM

    Exactly, why is a ‘reputable’ news source citing unnamed sources to begin with. If someone isn’t willing to give their name then don’t report what they say we’re not talking about national security or people get ‘taken out’ for talking.

  13. 4evrnyt says: Apr 20, 2012 12:25 PM

    As far as I’m concerned if you aren’t willing to attach your name to something you say then you must be lying.

  14. whodeyben says: Apr 20, 2012 12:30 PM

    USC player with a sense of entitlement? No way.

  15. flapjackdaddy says: Apr 20, 2012 12:34 PM

    If McGinn is out of Milwaukee, is this unnamed source likely part of the Packers organization?

  16. chalkruz1989 says: Apr 20, 2012 12:42 PM

    A big USC fan here. If you think about it, you have a pro bowl center on one hand, and an untested college left tackle. The NFL center was picked in the second round while his brother will be taken third overall. If you’re Carolina how fortunate are you that Ryan fell that far? He will give Cam Newton a much needed security outlet similar to what Jeff Saturday provided for Peyton Manning.

  17. rosloe62 says: Apr 20, 2012 12:46 PM

    Who cares what McGinn’s “unnamed source” says. My “unnamed source” says Matt Kalil will be the best left tackle ever to play the game! lol

  18. acanniv says: Apr 20, 2012 12:46 PM

    Well I’m no expert but I think Khalil Greene is better than both of ‘em.

  19. mnomalley says: Apr 20, 2012 12:54 PM

    I have an unammed source telling me that his unammed source is not really who he says he is.

  20. thespeaker08 says: Apr 20, 2012 12:59 PM

    If Matt Kalil is even half the high character that Ryan is, then he is a quality young man and any team would be nutso to pass him up.

  21. jgedgar70 says: Apr 20, 2012 1:18 PM

    Y’all are commenting on the wrong story. This source is named – Don Gregory, Panthers dirctor of college scouting. I would love for everyone to fall for the trap and Kalil be there at 9. It will never happen, I know, but what a fun thought to have both Kalils, Hangartner and Gross on our line. We’d score 40 points every week.

    The week before the draft – a time to dream….

  22. soforizo says: Apr 20, 2012 4:18 PM

    Let’s see an unnamed scout criticize both RG3 and Kalil to the same journalist in a matter of days. Does that unnamed scout happen to work for the Cleveland Browns?

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