2012 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Matt Kalil, OT, USC

by Cory J. Bonini on March 27, 2012 @ 16:20:09 PDT

 


Southern California offensive tackle Matt Kalil enters the 2012 NFL Draft as a junior and the top-rated player at his position.

He started all 13 games as a sophomore in 2010 and did not allow a sack in 2011.

Matt Kalil, OT, USC
As good as it gets?

Strengths

  • Good size (6-foot-6 3/8, 306 pounds)
  • Impressive footwork
  • NFL bloodlines (father, brother)
  • Great athleticism
  • Run blocking - a downhill mauler
  • Strong, patient pass protector - rarely allows a defender to get past him on the outside
  • Understands how to use a defender's momentum against him
  • Blocks well in open space - athletic enough to get downfield in a hurry
  • Legitimate NFL left tackle
  • Has a nasty streak about him
  • Tremendous upside

Weaknesses

  • Quarterback Matt Barkley may have made him look a little better than he is
  • Can struggle against inside rip moves
  • Somewhat inexperienced
  • May be just a tad on the slim side for his height but has room to add muscle

Expected draft placement

Kalil is likely to go as high as the No. 3 pick to the Minnesota Vikings and is highly unlikely to slide past the St. Louis Rams at No. 6.

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About Cory J. Bonini

Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.

Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.

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