Above is the video I took of Matt Kalil facing the press for the first time as a Viking. Below, find the transcript - I italicized the two questions I asked which were about facing the NFC North pass rushers and blocking for Adrian Peterson.
Q. How do you feel?
Q. What did your brother (Panthers C Ryan Kalil) say to you during the hug ceremony? We saw that on TV.
He's just proud of me. He's my No. 1 fan so it was definitely fun hugging him through that whole moment and kind of celebrating with everyone who's helped me throughout my whole life to get me where I am today.
Q. Is it good to have a brother that can help you out?
Ryan has been such a big help to me, through the combine, helping me with interviews, and then meeting some of his teammates like Jordan Gross on the Panthers and helping me feel out what the NFL is like and just giving me guidelines. There are certain things in college that you can get away with that you can't get away with in the NFL, and you've really got to be a student of the game. There are a lot of things he's helped me with.
Q. Talk about how much you're looking forward to working with Christian Ponder.
I'm really excited. It's definitely going to be fun. He's a great guy. I had dinner with him one time, and he said he was hoping to get me, so it looks like he got his wish. I definitely take pride in protecting my quarterbacks, so I'm going to do whatever I can to improve. It's going to help going against Jared Allen every day to make me a better player, and I'm definitely ready for that challenge.
Q. Talk about it being a pretty tough division in terms of pass rush and talk about what you're going to do to get to that level of competition to keep Christian from ending up on the IR.
For me it's all about preparation and not even the day before the game, but the weeks leading up to the game and even the after season. I've worked tremendously this off‑season on hand‑eye coordination, my leveraging, how I handle certain pass rushes, footwork, fundamentals and basically every aspect of my game. The weeks leading up to the game‑to‑game preparation, studying every move your opponent does on certain downs, certain situations. And so it's basically being a student of the game and knowing everything your opponent is going to do. And I think that's the biggest advantage of having a good game.
Q. You were in Los Angeles, nice, balmy weather. Are you going to have to get an all‑wheel drive?
You know, I'm all right. It's going to be fun for me, I think. I like the cold. My room every night is at 50 degrees, so I don't think ‑‑ I love being really cold, so it's going to be nice to step outside my door every day and get that nice cold Minnesota air.
Q. Along with protecting Christian Ponder you get to block for Adrian Peterson. Talk about having one of the elite running backs in the league behind you.
It's kind of cool. Being in seventh grade and watching my brother play in the Orange Bowl, and Adrian Peterson from Oklahoma and seeing everything he's done now, and now being able to block for him, he's probably one of if not the best running backs in the NFL. From what I heard about him, what kind of guy he is, what kind of leader he is, how tough he is, I have no doubt he's going to not miss a beat this whole next season, and it's going to be pretty fun blocking for him.
Q. Talk about how surreal it is to play for the Vikings and be drafted out of USC.
It's really surreal. Even when I was sitting in that green room, it doesn't set in. Even after the Vikings called and said they were going to pick me, it still didn't sink in. And then when the commissioner goes up there, like every kid's dream growing up when your name is called, and everyone is clapping and celebrating, it's just like, , Wow, I made it.’ Not yet, though because I've still got to do really well in the NFL, but it's the first stepping‑stone in hopefully a long career.