It is a bit early to say who will and who won’t be on the Vikings radar when the NFL Draft rolls around in April, but it certainly seemed like USC offensive tackle Matt Kalil would rank right up there.
Unfortunately for the Vikings, the top offensive line prospect coming out of college appears like he is going to return to USC for another year of college ball.
A source close to the situation has reportedly stated that Kalil is “set to return” to USC for another year, while a high ranking NFL scout confirms the prospect is “definitely leaning towards returning.”
“If he does indeed return, it would be a bit surprising,” stated the scout. “He’s the top offensive tackle in the country. The senior class [at offensive tackle] is a weak group. At worst, he’d be looking at a top ten pick. That fact alone would send most guys into the draft.”
Kalil has proven he is not “most guys” on the field, and now it appears he won’t fall into that same category when it comes to declaring for the Draft.
Assuming the Vikings are selecting between picks two and four this offseason, it seems unlikely that any other offensive lineman would be considered the “best player available” at that point.
UPDATE: A new report has hit the internet that doesn’t have an “unnamed source” but instead comes straight from the horses mouth.
“I woke up to mayhem,” Kalil said himelf. “I guess it was kind of a glimpse of what’s going to be happening.
“I’m not close to making a decision. That will probably happen in the next couple weeks. No decision has been made. I just started thinking about the process I’m going to go through to make the decision.
“But I think I got a thousand new followers this morning on my Twitter account.”
Kalil has submitted his paperwork with the NFL to get an evaluation as to where he might land in the Draft if he were to declare. What is the over-under that their response simply says “Minnesota” when he gets it?