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NFL Mock Draft 2012: Minnesota Vikings Take Matt Kalil

The Minnesota Vikings seem to be in a solid spot in the third position. Right now Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III are the top two guys available, and with the Indianapolis Colts locked into the top position and the St. Louis Rams shopping the second pick, it's looking the quarterbacks will be the ones who go first.

So while the teams above them debate and quibble, the Minnesota Vikings are ready to swoop in and pick the next surest thing at a position of great need. Ryan Van Bibber of SB Nation released his latest mock draft, and it has Matt Kalil of the USC Trojans being the pick to give Christian Ponder his blind side protector.

Beyond Luck and Griffin, Kalil is the only other kind of building block player in this draft. He ran the 40 in under 5 seconds; he weighs 306 pounds. The Vikings' quarterbacks will feel safe and warm for years to come with Kalil protecting their blind side.

To talk about Kalil on the Vikings, check out Daily Norseman. To discuss Kalil with USC football fans, go to Conquest Chronicles. To talk about NFL mock drafts in general, head to Mocking the Draft.