EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn.-- The Minnesota Vikings inched down one spot, and then they jumped up and joined in again before the first round was finished. When the night was done, they could not have felt better about their haul.
"I really couldn't picture myself any other place," Kalil said, describing the relief of seeing a Minnesota area code on his phone.
"When I left USC, I think I was ready to take on this role," Kalil said.
"This is what makes the draft so fun," general manager Rick Spielman said.
Smith will fill a glaring need at an important position and almost certainly be an instant starter. The 6-foot-2, 213-pound Smith was a four-year starter for the Fighting Irish, who spent about one-third of his college career as an outside linebacker.
"He's played on a big stage and made terrific plays against top competition," Spielman said.