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2012 NFL Mock Draft: Matt Kalil

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Pros

Out of this class of offensive tackle prospects, Kalil is probably the most technically sound. He does almost everything well. He’s got quick enough feet for the kick out to handle the speed guys. He’s strong enough to anchor down against the bull rush of the stronger guys.

When he’s asked to, he shows the athleticism to get to that second level and finish his assignment. All of that is against bad to good players at what they do. He can consistently shut them down. He’s not a prospect that you’re going to miss on if you draft him. Teams that need offensive tackle help but are afraid of “boom or bust” talent, then Matt Kalil would be perfect because he’s a safe pick.

Cons

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Matt struggles to maintain leverage when battling the shorter, stronger guys. Due to his height, if they are powerful and can get under his base, then they can get him going the wrong way. Kalil will have his hands full with the more athletic 3-4 outside linebackers than the traditional 4-3 defensive ends. These 3-4 outside linebackers tend to be quicker and shiftier. Those types were able to beat Kalil in space and get him off balance with a quick punch. Matt will also have to improve on disguised blitzes.

Facts

  • OT, USC, Jr.
  • Ht: 6’7
  • Wt: 295
  • 40 time: 5.01

Comments

Matt Kalil will be at the top of almost every team’s offensive tackle board because he’s talented, athletic, and technically sound. They’ll see that he’s already an NFL talent and hope to mold him into a premier left tackle. I have no doubt that Kalil will look good for the majority of the time as a rookie but he will be embarrassed in the matchups that I mentioned. He will improve at the next level as well but because of how good his fundamentals are, I don’t know how much higher his ceiling is.

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