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The Incredible Shrinking Kalil


Remember a couple of years ago when Bryant McKinnie showed up to Training Camp weighing just slightly less than an armored personnel carrier and the Vikings had to let him go? That was fun.

According to yesterday's St. Paul Pioneer Press, current Vikings' left tackle Matt Kalil has the opposite problem.

On what has changed since his rookie season: "I guess a little more strict diet. I don't want to get too lean. In the offseason, I got as low as 280 (pounds). When I stop working out, I lose weight. Some guys stop working out, and they gain weight. I shrivel up when I stop working out. I'm back to about 305 now. I'm probably looking to be 315 in the season. That shouldn't be a problem for me."

"Oh, you lose weight when you stop working out? What a terrible problem to have," said pretty much nobody ever.

Kalil was also asked about three of the first four picks in last week's NFL Draft being offensive tackles, and whether he would have been the top overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft had he not declared last year. On the latter point, I think he almost certainly would have been. He was easily the consensus top tackle in the 2012 Draft and, barring injury, I don't think there's any question he would have been rated more highly than Eric Fisher, Luke Joeckel, and Lane Johnson. Had Matt Kalil been a part of the 2013 NFL Draft, he would have been locked in as the #1 overall pick right after the Scouting Combine, in my opinion.

But he's our our side now, and he's not getting busted for substance abuse violations like some of the top picks of the 2012 NFL Draft, which is nice.