Photo of Matt Kalil
Drafted By: Vikings
  • Round 1
  • Pick 4
  • Overall 4

Combine Results

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  =  Combine Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

Mayock's take: "It makes an awful lot of sense for it to be Kalil here. Christian Ponder was the Vikings' 12th overall pick a year ago. Kalil is someone you can trust to take care of his blind side."

  • 6'6" 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 has been a reliable blindside 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. 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. He should be the first lineman off the board and could easily be a top-five pick and 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 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 decleat 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 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 Draft (Round) Description
96-100 Future Hall of Famer Top Pick A once-in-a-generation type prospect who could change how his position is played
85-95 Immediate Starter 1st An impact player with the ability/intangibles to become a Pro Bowl player. Expect to start immediately except in a unique situation (i.e. behind a veteran starter).
70-84 Eventual Starter 2nd-3rd A quality player who will contribute to the team early on and is expected to develop into a starter. A reliable player who brings value to the position.
50-69 Draftable Player 4th-7th A prospect with the ability to make team as a backup/role player. Needs to be a special teams contributor at applicable positions. Players in the high range of this category might have long-term potential.
20-49 Free Agent UDFA A player with solid measurables, intangibles, college achievements, or a developing skill that warrants an opportunity in an NFL camp. In the right situation, he could earn a place on a 53-man roster, but most likely will be a practice squad player or a camp body.

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