Draft notebook: Mayock finds faults in Kalil

USC offensive tackle Matt Kalil is considered easily the top tackle in the draft, but he has physical faults, according to NFL Network draft analyst Mike Mayock. Plus, Mayock assessed a potential second-round tackle, the small-school prospects and some of the fast risers among defensive tackles.

Matt Kalil is the consensus top tackle in the 2012 NFL Draft and stands a good chance at being drafted second or third overall – most likely third if the St. Louis Rams trade the second overall pick.

But, while Kalil is considered the best of the pass-blockers in the draft and could end up with the Minnesota Vikings, who could use that sort of skill, there are perceived weaknesses in his game.

"The only thing I don't like about Kalil, even though he repped 30 at 225 (pounds on the bench press) is when you look at long, lanky left tackles, typically they don't have a lot of core strength," said NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock. "Not a lot of hip snap to them. He's a gifted kid with long arms, good feet – a prototypical pass protector."

That generally is the most desirable attribute for a left tackle in the NFL and certainly something the Vikings could use, but how does Kalil compare to some of the top left tackles that went early in drafts of the past 10 years?

Joe Thomas was the third pick of the Cleveland Browns in the 2007 draft and Jake Long was the first pick of the Miami Dolphins the following year. Both continue to be entrenched at left tackle with their teams.

"I don't think (Kalil) is quite as far as Joe Thomas in the run game and I also think he's got a propensity to break down on inside moves," Mayock said. "That's because he's so good and falls asleep occasionally. I think he's a legitimate top-five guy, I just don't think his core strength is where a couple of those other guys were."

That said, Kalil still did 30 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press and ran a position-best 4.99-second 40-yard dash.

ANOTHER TACKLE OPTION

If the Vikings don't take Kalil in the first round – and it seems only a trade by the Vikings or no trade by the St. Louis Rams would prevent that – there could be a second-round option to consider.

Ohio State's Mike Adams had a good week at the Senior Bowl, but there are questions about his consistency, and some off-field character concerns, as well as injuries.

"Mike Adams' biggest challenges are going to be in the meeting rooms. He's not a strong guy – 19 reps at 225 (on the bench press)," Mayock said. "That translates on the field, both upper body and more importantly to me his core strength. I don't see the core strength. He's long, he's got good feet, he's got the prototypical left tackle's body. I'm not buying that he's definitely going in the first round just because of his strength and some questions about his maturity."

SMALL-SCHOOL GEMS

This year's draft boasts several intriguing small-school prospects.

"It's actually a good group of small-school guys. The Trumaine Johnson kid (cornerback from Montana) I'm really intrigued by. I think he's very special and has a chance to be a first-round pick. The kid from Appalachian State (receiver Brian Quick). We've talked about Janoris Jenkins (cornerback that transferred from Florida to North Alabama). The offensive lineman from Midwestern (guard Amini Silatolu), I really like him. He's intriguing. I had a list of about eight (small-school) guys I didn't think would get out of the second or third round. It's the best group of small-school kids I've seen in a while."

In addition to the 6-foot-4 Quick, another small-school prospect at a position of need for the Vikings is Presbyterian defensive back Justin Bethel.

"I like him. He woke me up a little bit at the East-West Game," Mayock said. "I don't think he's anywhere near the second or third round."

COMING ON STRONG

LSU defensive tackle Michael Brockers is steadily moving up in a solid class of defensive tackles. He declared himself eligible for the draft after his redshirt sophomore season.

"Brockers is special. That whole defensive tackle class, man. Brockers is probably a top-10 or -12 pick," Mayock said. "I get nervous about one-year wonders, but with that rotation at LSU, with all those defensive linemen, I kind of get it."

Brockers is already 6-foot-5 and 322 pounds, but there is a bigger defensive tackle who is gaining even more steam – the 6-foot-4, 346-pound Dontari Poe out of Memphis. He ran an amazing 4.98-second 40-yard dash and put up 225 pounds a position-best 44 times on the bench press.

"He's a freak. He's a little bit like Haloti Ngata, movement-skills wise," Mayock said. "I'm excited about this defensive tackle class. And it doesn't matter if you're a 3-4 team or a 4-3 team, there's a bunch of kids."

LOVE FOR PETERSON

Mayock continues to bang the drum for Vikings running back Adrian Peterson. Mayock has remained consistent in his praise of Peterson, saying he is the only running back since 2007 worthy of a top-10 pick.

"If you're not Adrian Peterson, you probably shouldn't be a top-five or top-10 running back, and even Darren McFadden, who has had all the injury problems," Mayock said. "So because of injuries or lack of talent or whatever, if you go back to every class to Adrian Peterson, you can't make a case for a top-10 running back. And there's so many good running backs you can get later in the first. … Why not go down a little bit further and get somebody worth two backs for the price of one?"


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But, while Kalil is considered the best of the pass-blockers in the draft and could end up with the Minnesota Vikings, who could use that sort of skill, there are perceived weaknesses in his game.

\"The only thing I don't like about Kalil, even though he repped 30 at 225 (pounds on the bench press) is when you look at long, lanky left tackles, typically they don't have a lot of core strength,\" said NFL Network analyst Mike Mayock. \"Not a lot of hip snap to them. He's a gifted kid with long arms, good feet – a prototypical pass protector.\"

That generally is the most desirable attribute for a left tackle in the NFL and certainly something the Vikings could use, but how does Kalil compare to some of the top left tackles that went early in drafts of the past 10 years?

Joe Thomas was the third pick of the Cleveland Browns in the 2007 draft and Jake Long was the first pick of the Miami Dolphins the following year. Both continue to be entrenched at left tackle with their teams.

\"I don't think (Kalil) is quite as far as Joe Thomas in the run game and I also think he's got a propensity to break down on inside moves,\" Mayock said. \"That's because he's so good and falls asleep occasionally. I think he's a legitimate top-five guy, I just don't think his core strength is where a couple of those other guys were.\"

That said, Kalil still did 30 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press and ran a position-best 4.99-second 40-yard dash.

ANOTHER TACKLE OPTION

If the Vikings don't take Kalil in the first round – and it seems only a trade by the Vikings or no trade by the St. Louis Rams would prevent that – there could be a second-round option to consider.

Ohio State's Mike Adams had a good week at the Senior Bowl, but there are questions about his consistency, and some off-field character concerns, as well as injuries.

\"Mike Adams' biggest challenges are going to be in the meeting rooms. He's not a strong guy – 19 reps at 225 (on the bench press),\" Mayock said. \"That translates on the field, both upper body and more importantly to me his core strength. I don't see the core strength. He's long, he's got good feet, he's got the prototypical left tackle's body. I'm not buying that he's definitely going in the first round just because of his strength and some questions about his maturity.\"

SMALL-SCHOOL GEMS

This year's draft boasts several intriguing small-school prospects.

\"It's actually a good group of small-school guys. The Trumaine Johnson kid (cornerback from Montana) I'm really intrigued by. I think he's very special and has a chance to be a first-round pick. The kid from Appalachian State (receiver Brian Quick). We've talked about Janoris Jenkins (cornerback that transferred from Florida to North Alabama). The offensive lineman from Midwestern (guard Amini Silatolu), I really like him. He's intriguing. I had a list of about eight (small-school) guys I didn't think would get out of the second or third round. It's the best group of small-school kids I've seen in a while.\"

In addition to the 6-foot-4 Quick, another small-school prospect at a position of need for the Vikings is Presbyterian defensive back Justin Bethel.

\"I like him. He woke me up a little bit at the East-West Game,\" Mayock said. \"I don't think he's anywhere near the second or third round.\"

COMING ON STRONG

LSU defensive tackle Michael Brockers is steadily moving up in a solid class of defensive tackles. He declared himself eligible for the draft after his redshirt sophomore season.

\"Brockers is special. That whole defensive tackle class, man. Brockers is probably a top-10 or -12 pick,\" Mayock said. \"I get nervous about one-year wonders, but with that rotation at LSU, with all those defensive linemen, I kind of get it.\"

Brockers is already 6-foot-5 and 322 pounds, but there is a bigger defensive tackle who is gaining even more steam – the 6-foot-4, 346-pound Dontari Poe out of Memphis. He ran an amazing 4.98-second 40-yard dash and put up 225 pounds a position-best 44 times on the bench press.

\"He's a freak. He's a little bit like Haloti Ngata, movement-skills wise,\" Mayock said. \"I'm excited about this defensive tackle class. And it doesn't matter if you're a 3-4 team or a 4-3 team, there's a bunch of kids.\"

LOVE FOR PETERSON

Mayock continues to bang the drum for Vikings running back Adrian Peterson. Mayock has remained consistent in his praise of Peterson, saying he is the only running back since 2007 worthy of a top-10 pick.

\"If you're not Adrian Peterson, you probably shouldn't be a top-five or top-10 running back, and even Darren McFadden, who has had all the injury problems,\" Mayock said. \"So because of injuries or lack of talent or whatever, if you go back to every class to Adrian Peterson, you can't make a case for a top-10 running back. And there's so many good running backs you can get later in the first. … Why not go down a little bit further and get somebody worth two backs for the price of one?\"


Tim Yotter is the publisher of Viking Update. Follow Viking Update on Twitter and discuss this story on our subscriber message board.


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