After trading down to the No. 4 pick in the 2012 NFL Draft the Minnesota Vikings selected Matt Kalil.
The 6-foot-7, 306-pound Kalil left college after his junior year, giving the Vikings an obvious upgrade for their offensive line to better protect young quarterback Christian Ponder‘s blind side.
The Vikings haven’t selected in the top three since 1968, when they drafted offensive tackle Ron Yary first overall. Yary, another USC product, is in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. The Vikings haven’t even been in the top five since 1985, when they got defensive end Chris Doleman, a soon-to-be Hall of Famer.