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NFL Mock Draft 2012: ESPN Expert Says Matt Kalil To Minnesota Vikings

The majority of the 2012 NFL mock drafts have all said the same thing when it comes to the Minnesota Vikings. That takes some of the fun out of this time of year, unfortunately, as it's more about reading why the experts are predicting Matt Kalil to Minnesota rather than trying to determine who the Vikings should select.

ESPN's Todd McShay released an updated version of his mock draft on Wednesday, apparently finally feeling like he's done enough research into the NFL combine data to send out a new version of his draft day projections. While his decision for the Vikings to select Kalil was predictable, the comparison he made with his prediction is certainly interesting.

The Vikings just missed out on being able to cash in with the second overall pick, but with Baylor QB Robert Griffin III likely to be the pick there Minnesota is in a position to finally begin shoring up its offensive line with an elite prospect. Kalil is one of the top left tackles I have ever evaluated coming out of college, with a skill set equal to Joe Thomas and a mean streak to go with it.

Two other players suggested by some for the Vikings went in short order as McShay sent Morris Claiborne to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and Riley Reiff to the Washington Redskins.

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