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NFL Mock Draft 2012: Minnesota Vikings Pick Matt Kalil

The Minnesota Vikings could use an offensive tackle to try and protect their quarterback. Right now the Vikings could afford more human shields, ranked dead last in adjusted sack rate last season. Minnesota needs someone to protect Christian Ponder, Joe Webb, or whoever gets the starting job.

With Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III likely to be taken with the first two picks in the NFL Draft, left tackle Matt Kalil of the USC Trojans is right there to be selected to the team that wants him at the third spot, which is currently held by the Vikings. DraftTek has the Vikings taking Kalil in their latest overall mock.

With Rick Spielman and the Vikings desperately trying to drum up trade talk, this week openly telling any media outlet he could find that the Vikings are willing to trade while on the clock, one can assume they recognize the multitude of holes on the roster. By orchestrating a trade, Spielman might be able to pick up a few extra picks to fill those holes. But with ten picks in hand, I don't see the need for the Vikings to get too cute, losing out on a talent like Kalil at a key spot like OT.

To discuss the prospect of drafting Kalil with Vikings fans, hit up Daily Norseman. To talk about how good Kalil is with USC football fans, go to Conquest Chronicles. Check out Mocking the Draft to find out more about mock drafts. Learn more about Kalil from Pacific Takes as well.

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