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NFL Mock Draft 2012: Matt Kalil To Vikings, Nick Perry To Lions

Russ Lande of The Sporting News released his latest 2012 NFL Draft mock draft sends on Thursday and two USC Trojans are among his first-round selections.

First, he has Trojan offensive lineman Matt Kalil going third overall to the Minnesota Vikings.

With two below-average offensive tackles right now, the Vikings must upgrade their pass protection to help young quarterback Christian Ponder. Kalil is clearly the draft's best left tackle prospect.

Later on in the first round, he sends USC defensive end Nick Perry to the Detroit Lions with the 23rd pick overall.

Cliff Avril is a free agent who might not be back. Kyle Vanden Bosch is 33. So the Lions grab Perry, who would upgrade their outside pass rush immediately.

For more on Perry, Kalil and the USC Trojans, head on over to Conquest Chronicles. To talk about the NFL Draft in general, head on over to Mocking the Draft.