Matt Kalil could turn into a perennial Pro Bowler at left tackle and an anchor on the offensive line for a decade or more for whichever team selects him on Thursday.
Still, having a rock-solid left tackle doesn’t guarantee offensive success. And Dan Wiederer of the Star Tribune debates the pros and cons of picking Kalil, writing: “As crazy as it might sound, the Vikings cannot select Kalil solely because he projects as a future Hall of Famer who will provide a sturdy wall of protection for the next decade. That alone, unfortunately, does not guarantee significant team success.”
The Vikings — a favorite to select Kalil with the No. 3 overall pick — must also consider Kalil’s value alongside the enormous potential of players such as LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne and Oklahoma State wide receiver Justin Blackmon.
Another option for Minnesota is to trade down. A team could potentially be determined to trade up into the Vikings’ No. 3 spot and get Kalil, and the Pioneer Press ponders the steep price another team would pay to trade up into the Vikings’ spot.