2012 NFL Draft: Matt Kalil to Vikings, Justin Blackmon to Jaguars, Morris Claiborne to Cowboys


People were hyped up about the 2012 NFL Draft coming in, and so far it hasn’t disappointed.

After the Cleveland Browns traded picks with the Minnesota Vikings an hour before the draft began, the Jacksonville Jaguars and Dallas Cowboys decided to follow suit. The Jaguars traded picks with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and the Cowboys traded picks with the St. Louis Rams.

When it was all said and done, here is how picks 4-6 wound up looking:

The Vikings selected Matt Kalil with the No. 4 overall pick. This was the selection everyone had them making all along, just one spot lower than anticipated. Kalil is a great left tackle prospect; the only reason there are any doubts about him is just because there are general questions regarding how impactful left tackles truly are in this league.

The Jaguars, courtesy of the pick they got from the Bucs, selected Justin Blackmon out of Oklahoma State with the No. 5 pick. A lot of people question how Blackmon’s skills will translate at the next level because he isn’t especially big, fast or strong – but the guy produced consistently as Oklahoma State. Make of that what you will. And Jacksonville was dead last in the NFL in receiving yards per game last season, so clearly this was a position that needed to be upgraded.

The Cowboys, courtesy of the pick they got from the St. Louis Rams, selected Morris Claiborne out of LSU. Aside from his Wonderlic score, there was nothing not to like about this kid. This is a great move for Dallas, any which way you want to look at it.

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