Matt Kalil makes the NFL leap
In an announcement that should come as a surprise to no one, Matt Kalil will forgo his senior year and enter the NFL draft.
It was foreseeable back in spring that the Trojans would be losing their left tackle by season’s end. He was listed by NFL scouts as the best at his position, and appeared high on the earliest draft boards. Kalil failed to disappoint those giving the grade, providing another outstanding season performance to solidify a place in the earliest round.
“It was definitely a tough decision because I love SC,” Kalil said. “But it’s a special opportunity. It’s time to move on.”
With pass-happy offenses, tackles are NFL gold, and it is commonplace to see them leap from the board as upper tier selections. Kalil’s stock couldn’t be any higher, so as opportunity knocks, he will answer the door.
Kalil leaves USC as an All-American, and also as the recipient of the 2011 Pac 12 Morris Trophy, which is awarded to the best offensive and defensive linemen.