The name Adam Schefter tends to make Vikings fans groan as a result of his "Schismgate" non-story back in 2009. Now he has stuck his neck out again and made another bold statement involving the Vikings. According to his latest ESPN Insider mailbag blog, he believes, contrary to popular demand, that the Vikings will not draft Matt Kalil. Even if they stay at #3 they will pass on the USC standout according to Schefter.
Schefter answered a hypothetical question from a Bills fan about the possibility of trading up for Kalil shall he fall past the Vikings at #3.
It could be that Kalil falls and if Buffalo wants to go trade up to No. 5 (Tampa Bay) or No. 6 (St. Louis), those teams would be all ears in terms of listening to offers. If Buffalo stays where it is, the sense around the league is that the Bills will have their choice between Kuechly or DeCastro and other good players who will be available at that spot. But I like your Kalil idea, Jake. It makes sense to me. The key to that would be Minnesota passing on Kalil, which I happen to believe the Vikings will. I'm in the minority there, and the Vikings are still deciding what to do, but I don't think Kalil is the lock that others do -- even if Minnesota stays at No. 3.
It's that last line that sticks out to me. I certainly hope this is not the thinking going on right now at Winter Park. Matt Kalil is a rare prospect and the Vikings have a rare opportunity to draft a top 2-3 talent. These opportunities don't come around often (last time was 2007) so Spielman better not blow it.