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Mel Kiper Mock Draft 2012: Vikings Select Matt Kalil, OT, USC in First Round

ESPN's Mel Kiper has been busy studying film of countless college football players looking to make it big in the NFL, and in his 2.0 version of his mock draft has USC's Matt Kalil heading to the Minnesota Vikings for their first round pick, third pick overall.

Here is Kiper's analysis of the Vikings pick:

Minnesota Vikings Record: 3-13 Matt Kalil, OT, USC

The Vikings need to upgrade at left tackle, and Kalil is the rare one who could step into that position right away at the NFL level. Great feet, arm length, athleticism and finishing skills as a run-blocker make him a very complete prospect. I can see the Vikings tempted if Blackmon is around here, which he very well could be, because they're also lacking weapons in the passing game. They could also go for a cornerback. It'll be one of three, all top needs.

Kalil is almost guaranteed to be an impact player in the NFL, and LT is a big area of improvement needed for Minnesota. Kiper noted Justin Blackmon might tempt them for this pick, but the fact of the matter is that the Vikings have playmakers in Percy Harvin and Adrian Peterson on offense, but need a guy like Kalil to help them have the ability to make the plays.

For more on Kalil, head over to Conquest Chronicles. Fore more on the draft in general, head over to Mocking the Draft.