2012 Cincy Jungle Mock Draft - The Minnesota Vikings Select...

With the third pick in our 2012 Cincy Jungle mock draft, Palewook selected for the Minnesota Vikings, who finished the season with a 3-13 season.

With the third pick in the 2012 Cincy Jungle Mock Draft, the Minnesota Vikings select....

Matt Kalil, OT, USC

Besides the selection of Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III, the selection of Matt Kalil is likely the only other first-round pick that is set in stone. Kalil is by far this year's draft class' best offensive lineman and has what it takes to be a successful left tackle in the NFL.

Christian Ponder is the quarterback of the future in Minnesota and it makes sense that the next step would be to make sure Ponder is protected and has time to make his throws. Last season the Vikings offensive line allowed 49 sacks, which was tied for fifth most in the NFL. Last year, left tackle Charlie Johnson had a terrible year, allowing eight sacks and 32 quarterback pressures, earning a ProFootballFocus.com score of -12. Kalil offers a significant upgrade in pass protection and also should open up holes in the running game for Adrian Peterson.

Matt Kalil Highlights:

Joe Goodberry's Instant Analysis:

The Vikings have their Quarterback if the future in Christian Ponder. Drafting a LT to protect him is the logical choice. Kalil has every quality of a top tackle prospect. He should be playing in a Pro Bowl in short time.
Grade: A+
Value: --

Draft Overview:

# Team Picked By Name/Positon of Pick
1 Indianapolis Alex Neyer Andrew Luck QB
2 Washington David Farrelly Robert Griffin III QB
3 Minnesota Palewook Matt Kalil OT
4 Cleveland Jason Garrison
5 Tampa Bay Andrew Bernius
6 St. Louis Jim0ijk
7 Jacksonville AK513
8 Miami Dan Lockhart
9 Carolina Jason Blanton
10 Buffalo Casey Penn
11 Kansas City Kenneth Taylor
12 Seattle Jerod Egner
13 Arizona Dan Wolford
14 Dallas Joshua Foster
15 Philadelphia Travis Parker
16 New York Jets Kenneth Taylor
17 Cincinnati (from Oakland) Jason Garrison
18 San Diego Anthony Knox
19 Chicago Steve Whited
20 Tennessee Jeff Welch
21 Cincinnati Jason Garrison
22 Cleveland (from Atlanta) Jason Garrison
23 Detroit Andrew Perrotta
24 Pittsburgh Jason Garrison
25 Denver Jared Morgan
26 Houston Brett Kollman
27 New England (from New Orleans) Anthony Knox
28 Green Bay Travis Castleman
29 Baltimore Jason Garrison
30 San Francisco Chris Brown
31 New England Anthony Knox
32 New York Giants Matt Leitner
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