2012 NFL Draft Scouting Report:
OT Matt Kalil – USC (Junior):
Kalil will be an All-Pro LT at the next level.
- Athletic tackle, capable of getting the edge against even the top pass rushers
- Excels in pass protection
- Shows a really strong anchor vs power rushers
- Strong run blocker, and can get to the second level
- Long arms and quick hands give him a huge advantage
- Can defend counter-moves and stays with his man.
- Good quickness off the snap
- Decent footwork
- Every now and then he will just whiff on a block and leave the ball carrier exposed
- Needs to improve his footwork
- Strength could be an issue vs NFL DE’s
Kalil is the top offensive tackle in this draft and a strong candidate for the 2nd best prospect after QB Andrew Luck. He has all the tools to be the next elite offensive tackle and he should be a day one starting left tackle. Kalil has the talent and skill set to play in any scheme, and should be off the board pretty early in April’s draft.
USC has sent two other tackles (Sam Baker and Tyron Smith) on to the NFL as first round picks in recent years, and Kalil is better than either of them. He’s arguably the best tackle prospect since Jake Long, and looks to have a long All-Pro level career.
Matt Kalil 2012 Draft Projection: 1st round – Should be the first tackle off the board, and should go in the top 5 picks.