Vikings select Matt Kalil with fourth overall pick
The 2012 NFL Draft officially began at 5pm Pacific Time, and by 5:30, Matt Kalil had already learned his destination. The Minnesota Vikings selected the 6’6, 305 pound offensive lineman with the fourth overall pick, after an early trade with the Browns lowered them from third.
Kalil became the 76th Trojan drafted in the first round, enabling USC to boast the most of all schools. He is also the 17th Trojan tackle selected in round one, following Tyron Smith, who was chosen 9th overall by the Cowboys a year ago. The Junior would also become the ninth tackle selected among the top-10 picks.
USC tackles drafted in the first round
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*denotes Pro Football Hall of Fame
Kalil entered his junior season as the top rated player at his position. He maintained that status throughout, and would eventually choose to forgo his senior year at USC to pursue NFL riches. Through performances at the NFL Scouting Combine and USC Pro-day, he solidified his position in the top-5, and with Minnesota providing a perfect fit, his name was quickly called.
Matt Kalil attended Servite High School in Anaheim, where he was rated a 5-star player for the 2008 recruiting class by rivals.com. His brother, Ryan, played center for the 2003-2004 USC National Championship teams, and is currently a Pro-Bowl center for the Carolina Panthers, and highest paid at his position in the league.