Matt Kalil's upside has always excited teams, and his 4.99 40-yard dash time really drove the point home. Kalil displayed the type of athleticism that makes an offensive tackle as adept at run blocking downfield as protecting the QB.
You may as well print up a Minnesota Vikings jersey for him. After this performance there is no way the Vikes let him pass.
Kalil is the younger brother of Carolina Panthers' offensive lineman Ryan Kalil. Ryan is already considered to be one of the NFL's best offensive linemen, and it appears the Kalils have a strong lineage.
At 6'7" and 300 pounds, it's obvious Kalil has the size to play on the NFL level, and his stellar play at USC for three years was the first step.
His performance at the combine has certainly proved to be next in proving his mettle.
Along with his sub-five-second 40 time, through late Saturday afternoon Kalil was the top performing offensive lineman in the three cone drill and 20 yard shuttle.
The track wasn't the only place he impressed. Kalil also made a good account of himself in the weight room. During the bench press workout, Kalil threw up 225 pounds 30 times. It wasn't the best of the day, but it was very impressive considering his height and long arms.
Kalil's arms measure just under 35" in length. To put that in perspective, David Molk of Michigan, who had the day's best with 41 reps, measures at 32" in arm length.
The shorter the arms, the shorter the weight has to go up.
All in all, Kalil was impressive and did nothing to hurt himself.
This weekend at the NFL Scouting Combine, Kalil put the stamp on his status as a top three pick and best offensive line prospect in the 2012 NFL Draft.