Papers Catch Up With Kalil Talk
April 23, 2012 at 11:07am by Scott • 7 Comments »
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.