Vikings trade down, draft left tackle Matt Kalil
EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. (AP) -- The Minnesota Vikings moved down in the draft and still found their man.
After trading their third overall pick to the Browns for the fourth overall selection, the Vikings took USC left tackle Matt Kalil on Thursday night.
With quarterbacks Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III already spoken for, the Vikings held the key to this draft, and Cleveland came after it. In addition to swapping spots in the first round, the Browns sent picks in the fourth (118th overall), fifth (139th) and seventh (211th) rounds to give the Vikings a whopping total of 13 selections.
The 6-foot-7, 306-pound Kalil left college after his junior year, giving the Vikings an obvious upgrade for their offensive line to better protect young quarterback Christian Ponder's blind side.