Minnesota Vikings Select Matt Kalil With 4th Overall Pick In 2012 NFL Draft

After months of speculation, the Vikings have officially brought Matt Kalil to Minnesota to anchor the offensive line. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

After pulling off a heist in order to drop down one spot, the Minnesota Vikings drafted the player that many of us suspected that they would be taking all along.

With the fourth overall pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, the Minnesota Vikings have selected Matt Kalil, the offensive tackle out of the University of Southern California.

The Vikings are obviously hoping that Kalil will take a similar career path to the last offensive tackle that the Vikings drafted from USC in the top five picks of a draft, that being Ron Yary. The Vikings took Yary with the #1 overall pick in the 1968 NFL Draft, and he now has a bust in Canton, Ohio in the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

This really was the best pick for this football team. If 2012 is going to be the year of determining whether or not Christian Ponder is the quarterback of the future for this football team, the Vikings need to put him in a position to succeed. Drafting Kalil. . .the only tackle in this draft ready to immediately start at left tackle, in my opinion. . .is a sign that they're going to do just that.

Welcome to Minnesota, Matt Kalil. Christian Ponder might be the only person in Minnesota happier to see you here than we are.

Are the Minnesota Vikings done for the evening? After the deal that Rick Spielman pulled off earlier in the evening, we really don't know for sure. This is the only pick that the Vikings are scheduled to have in the first round.

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