It has been quite a night in New York City for USC Trojans All-American left tackle Matt Kalil. The 6'6.5", 306-pound lineman was drafted No. 4 overall by the Minnesota Vikings, making him the highest lineman drafted in the draft. Kalil continues a tradition of several Trojans offensive linemen drafted in the top five who were drafted in the top five and went on to great success in the NFL.
Kalil also joins brother Ryan Kalil, a former Trojan himself, and a three-time Pro Bowl center for the Carolina Panthers. Ryan joined brother Matt for the festivities and has been tweeting pictures all night. Ryan also tweeted the following:
Geoff Schwartz, an offensive lineman who just signed with the Vikings, has a unique perspective, and tweeted, "I've had the pleasure of playing w/1 brother, @RyanKalil...Now get to play w/the other one. Congrats and welcome @Mattkalil to the #Vikings"
Then, there is this, about USC:
Kalil is 311th USC player taken in common draft era, easily the most of any school (Nebraska 2nd at 264). #NFLdraft— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) April 27, 2012