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More from the Vikings: Kalil not a 'game-changer?'



kalil.jpgNothing we've heard from the Vikings in the past several days indicates that USC offensive tackle Matt Kalil is indeed a lock for their No. 3 overall pick.

In fact, the more members of the organization talk, the more convinced we become that maybe -- just maybe -- they're going to select someone else. This, of course, could have a dramatic impact on the Bucs' No. 5 choice, with LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne (along with Oklahoma State receiver Justin Blackmon) in play for Minnesota.

The latest out of the Twin Cities comes from coach Leslie Frazier, who suggested in a story in the Star-Tribune that left tackles aren't the kinds of players who alter the course of a franchise.

"You've got to really weigh your options," Frazier said. "Because the philosophy (in the NFL) has always been to get the game-changer. And left tackle is not necessarily the game-changer. Usually game-changers are the guys who can score you points. Receivers. Quarterbacks. So, what are we measuring that left tackle against? It's a loaded debate."

The story actually makes a strong point: That some elite left tackles have historically had little impact on their team's fortunes. Could it be that this is really more than just an elaborate smoke screen? I happen to think it's legitimate based on what I've also heard.

As it relates to the Bucs, here's what this all means: Kalil is very much in play for Tampa Bay. Check out today's story in which I outline the reasons the Bucs could wind up having to make a choice about Kalil and why it's very possible they'd take him.

Stay tuned, because the next few days could get very, very interesting.

[Last modified: Monday, April 23, 2012 7:44am]


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