Photo of Matt Kalil
Grade
94.0 ?
  • 4.99 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 30 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 27.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.33 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.65 SEC
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Top Performer
  • 6'7" Height
  • 34 1/2" Arm Length
  • 306LBS. Weight
  • 10 3/8" Hands

Overview

Kalil is the undisputed top tackle prospect in this year's draft after two successful years starting on the left side for USC. He is an early-entry junior who redshirted his first year at USC and has been a reliable blind side protector for Matt Barkley. He has all the physical tools to achieve success at the next level and has continued to develop his game technically throughout his career. Kalil has an NFL pedigree, as his dad was a former semi-professional player and his older brother, Ryan, is a consistent Pro Bowl center for the Carolina Panthers. Matt should be the first lineman off the board and could easily be a top-five pick come April to immediately hold down the starting left tackle position for an NFL team.

Analysis

Strengths

Kalil is tall and has an impressive frame that he carries well. He is equally thick and strong from his upper body down through his thighs, and he has thin calves and ankles that lend well to him being a light-footed mover. He explodes off the ball every snap and gets to his destination point with ease. In the run game, he can provide a punishing first blow to keep his man off balance, and is very comfortable getting to the second level to fit on backers. He has a very technically sound kick step in pass protection and slides very smoothly. He is NFL-ready in terms of using his hands and has the ability to de-cleat defensive ends.

Weaknesses

There are some concerns surrounding Kalil's ability to anchor and stall bull rushers, given his tendency to play upright. There were few examples of his anchor actually being an issue in college, but the limited level of knee bend he plays with could stand to be a concern. He rarely snaps his hips through when blocking in the run game and is more of a mirror/positional blocker. He could have to work on his knee bend and flexibility to take on the more explosive ends in the NFL.
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Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.
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