2012 Draft Prospect Profile: Matt Kalil

Editor’ note: Welcome to our 2012 Draft Prospect Profile series, written by Scott DelleFave. Scott is putting together quick, digestible summaries for highly publicized discussed prospects, prospects that interest him, and prospects that interest YOU.

If there’s someone out there who has piqued your interest and you want to know a little but more about him before April rolls around, get at Scott and request he put a profile together. You can email him at theprofessorsd@billsmafia.com with a request.

The series isn’t Bills-centric necessarily; however, when the occasion calls for it, Scott includes thoughts on how a player might impact the Bills were they to draft him. But overall the goal is to educate you on some of the names you’ll hear called in April.

Matt Kalil: Offensive Tackle, University of Southern California (Photo by Jeff Golden/Getty Images)
Matt Kalil: Offensive Tackle, University of Southern California (Photo by Jeff Golden/Getty Images)

6’ 7” 295 lbs.
University of South California Trojans
Junior (RS)
Offensive Tackle
@mattkalil

The Good:
Matt is a great athlete and has a massive frame with room to put on 25 pounds if desired. He has a pronounced mean streak in him, and can be a true road grader blocking lineman and is athletic enough to be a down the field type lineman as well. Finally, Matt has bloodline in the game from his father and brother both playing at the professional level.

The Bad:
His struggles are against defenders that excel with the rip move and ones with track star speed. He starts a little low and can stray out of his blocking lanes.

The Skinny:
Matt is the best non-quarterback prospect in the 2012 Draft. He will make his fellow teammates at the next level from the offensive line to the quarterback and even the running back that much better.

NFL Comparison:
D’Brickshaw Ferguson, Left Tackle New York Jets

NFL Draft Projection:
Top 3 Pick