LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 10: Matt Kalil #75 of the USC Trojans speaks to reporters after his blocked field goal in the final seconds of the game preserved a 17-14 win over the Utah Utes at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on September 10, 2011 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Even though USC offensive tackle Matt Kalil is one of three players in the running to be the No. 3 overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, there have been whispers over the weekend that Kalil could slip all the way to the Buffalo Bills and the No. 10 overall pick.
"The Vikings are still a Matt Kalil team, but if he slips out of three, he could fall and be in play for Buffalo at 10," writes Peter King of SI this morning.
We are most definitely in the midst of "don't believe everything you hear" week, with teams using media to blow smoke, spike trade interest and conceal intentions at breakneck pace. Still, King is not the only person so have talked of a Kalil slide; he's been joined most prominently by ESPN's Adam Schefter on that front.
The 6'6", 306-pound Kalil is clearly the best tackle available in this year's draft class, and while there has been some debate about whether or not Kalil is an "elite" prospect, few experts have wavered from the idea that Kalil should be a blind-side protector in the NFL for a long time. Just like Marcell Dareus a year ago, Kalil would seem to be a no-brainer pick for GM Buddy Nix if he were, in fact, to slide that far on Thursday.