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Papers Catch Up With Kalil Talk

April 23, 2012 at 11:07am by Scott   •  7 Comments »

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One of the good things about having a draft pick so high is that the speculation goes way down because there are so few realistic possibilities. If you’re sitting at slot 20 or so, there are a dozen different directions you can go not even including trade possibilities. But at #5 this year, the Bucs are going to be choosing between one of four guys, and a couple of them are highly unlikely. Stephen Holder explores one of the less likely ones in Matt Kalil because there is really nothing better to do right now.

There are strong suggestions in NFL circles suggesting that Kalil is not a lock with the Vikings’ No. 3 pick, creating a scenario where he could wind up with the Bucs.

We covered all this on this site last month, but it’s worth updating. Even though the rumors are starting to fly about the Vikings not taking Kalil, they’re taking Kalil. They just are. It makes too much sense. The rumors that I do put a little more credence in are the ones that say that the Browns aren’t sold on Ryan Tannehill at #4, which is good news for the Browns because it shows they’re not hopelessly retarded. I mean seriously, Tannehill at #4 is a HUGE reach — he makes much more sense at #22 which the Browns also have. He makes even more sense in the second round, but that’s not going to happen. He’s just not any better than Colt McCoy who they already have under contract. So the Browns will probably take Trent Richardson because he’s a better player than Justin Blackmon. That puts Morris Claiborne in Tampa Bay where we all knew he’d be.

The possibilities really haven’t changed since last month. The Vikings do have a need at corner but they spent a first-round pick last year on Christian Ponder and need to protect him before anything else. They added a couple (shitty) corners in free agency and will likely spend a second or third rounder on the position, but I don’t think they pass up Kalil.

7 Comments to “Papers Catch Up With Kalil Talk”


FireThemCannons (April 23, 2012 at 01:14pm:

That Clicky…OMG

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Mark S (April 23, 2012 at 01:25pm:

Worst things could happen than both Claiborne and Richardson being taken before #5 and the Bucs taking Kalil. Kalil could instantly address the weakest part of our offensive line, Right Tackle. Also, he would motivate Penn to get in shape or Penn would be playing RT, which would be a big hit to his ego. I am still hoping for Claiborne.


Louie (April 23, 2012 at 01:58pm:

I agree, Dikes are taking Kalil. The only thing that would change that is if they could get someone to trade with them, which is why they are doing so much talking right now.


BaldBuc4055 (April 23, 2012 at 05:35pm:

Thursday night can’t get here soon enough. I nominate that this should be an All-Clicky Week in honor of the draft. Or is that asking for too much? :)


FireThemCannons (April 23, 2012 at 08:20pm:

Hmm, Adam Schefter reporting Asante Samuel could probably be had for a 6th round pick?


jarldg (April 24, 2012 at 01:08am:

If Tampa gave up a 6th rounder for Samuel I’d like it even though he’d hit the cap for 8.5 mil with the Eagles eating the rest of his 10 mil for this year. Then there’s the 11 mil next year he’s owed. It’s a great deal of cash, however Claiborne would be able to learn from a top tier corner.


TS (April 24, 2012 at 10:21am:

I wonder if the Bucs have considered bringing back a low cost, free agent Cadillac to handle the 3rd down blocking/pass receiving deficiencies of #27. That would still leave the fumbling issue to be resolved, but it would allow them to address more pressing deficiencies (read, CB) with the #1 pick.

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