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2012 NFL Draft: Matt Kalil Reportedly to Work out Privately for Browns

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - FEBRUARY 25: Offensive lineman Matt Kalil of USC talks with San Francisco 49ers offensive line coach Mike Solari during the 2012 NFL Combine at Lucas Oil Stadium on February 25, 2012 in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)
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Field YatesCorrespondent IIIApril 18, 2012

The Cleveland Browns will hold a private workout with coveted USC left tackle Matt Kalil on Wednesday, according to a report from the Cleveland Plain Dealer

Kalil figures to be drafted near the top of the draft board, and many have believed he will be gone by the time that Cleveland makes its initial selection of the draft at No. 4. 

But a recent report suggesting that Kalil may in fact be available (as Minnesota is weighing other options at No. 3) brings about the possibility that Cleveland could snag Kalil and form a pair of dominant tackles to bookend the offensive line.

At 6'6" and a shade over 300 pounds, Kalil has the size and skill set to be a franchise left tackle, the position that he has played throughout much of his college career and where he figures to settle in as a pro. In Cleveland, however, he would slide into the vacant right tackle spot opposite Joe Thomas.

Right tackle is not a premium position, but the allure of Thomas and Kalil playing together on a line that also features standout center Alex Mack may be too strong for Cleveland to pass on the former USC Trojan.

Kalil figures to add weight to his frame regardless of which side of the line he ends up playing, but would likely need to beef up 15 or 20 pounds to anchor the right side, where his duties will include a steady dose of power run blocking.

With eight days until the first round commences, it's clear that NFL teams are still hard at work preparing their draft board for every imaginable scenario.  

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