Matt Kalil Player ProfilePosted: February 17, 2012
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Matt Kalil, LT, USC
First Word: Kalil is the consensus top offensive tackle in this Draft and there is not a mock draft out there that does not have Kalil going in the top 5. Kalil has been a significant contributor to a very talented USC Trojan team in each of his past two seasons.
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Player Bio: Kalil redshirted his first year at USC. As a redshirt freshman Kalil started on special teams and he was a backup offensive linemen who received sporadic playing time on offense. Kalil made all 13 starts his sophomore year and all 12 starts his junior year. Matt Kalil’s father played center at Arkansas and Arizona and was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in 1982. In addition, his brother Ryan was a 4 year starter at center at USC where he received numerous honors. Ryan was drafted by the Panthers in the second round of the 2007 draft and has been a starter with the team since.
Notable Achievements: In 2011 Kalil was named an AP 1st team All-American. In addition he won the PAC-12 Morris Trophy.
Projected Draft Status: Top 5 selection
- Kalil entered the 2011 college football season as one of the elite offensive line prospects and that sentiment has not changed. After a strong junior season Kalil declared himself eligible for the 2012 NFL draft. It would be a surprise if Kalil was not drafted at either #2 or #3 in the upcoming NFL Draft.
Other Possible Early OT Picks: Jonathon Martin, Riley Reiff, Mike Adams, Bobbie Massie, Cordy Glenn
- Highlight #1 – Matt Kalil vs. Cal 2011 – www.youtube.com/watch?v=HuDuWW2RIDk
- Highlight #2 – Matt Kalil composite of Positives and Negative Highlights – www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z_xi5hFT6nY
- Highlight #3 – USC vs. Minnesota 2011 – www.youtube.com/watch?v=aFDyPFML-qM
Kalil’s Strengths (in buzzwords):
- Excellent Pass Blocker
- Instinctive in pass plays
- Excellent Hands
- Quick off the Snap
- Good Knee Bend
- Excellent understanding of timing
- Light on his feet
Kalil’s Weaknesses (in buzzwords):
- Only an adequate run blocker
- Commonly does not finish run blocks
- Lacks elite lower body strength
- Not an instinctive run blocker
- Kalil is generally regarded as the best LT in the 2012 NFL draft. His combination of instinctiveness, intelligence, and agility will allow him to continue to excel at the next level and in particular on passing plays. Whereas Kalil is an elite pass blocker he commonly struggles in the run game where he often is unable to move defenders off the line and finish off blocks. Kalil’s inability to excel in the running game will make it more difficult for him to become an elite NFL LT like Joe Thomas or Jake Long. Kalil will be the first LT off the board in the 2012 draft he will likely either be selected by the Rams at #2, the Vikings at #3, and if he falls to #5 the Buccaneers will likely take him.
*This player profile was written by Ryan Craig of Beyond Football Madness.