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USC tackle Matt Kalil to enter NFL Draft

Posted on: December 15, 2011 10:32 pm
Edited on: December 16, 2011 12:50 am
 
Posted by Bryan Fischer

Although there had been a few rumors that he would return to school, USC left tackle Matt Kalil will forgo his senior season and apply for the NFL Draft. ESPN's Chris Mortensen first tweeted the news that Kalil would be leaving.

"It was definitely a tough decision because I love SC," Kalil told the LA Times. "But it’s a special opportunity. It’s time to move on."

Kalil did not allow a sack this past season and was one of the rocks for an offensive line that allowed the lowest sack total in the country. The 6-foot-7, 295-pounder also blocked four kicks on special teams when he wasn't protecting quarterback Matt Barkley's blind side.

Depending on who else declares for the NFL draft, Kalil is currently ranked as the third overall prospect in the 2012 CBSSports.com NFL draft rankings - behind underclass quarterbacks Andrew Luck and Barkley.

ESPNLA.com reported later that Kalil is expected to sign with agent Tom Condon of CAA Sports. Condon is a well-regarded agent who also represents Kalil's brother, Ryan, who recently signed a $49 million extension that made him the highest paid center in the league. The elder Kalil was a second round pick out of USC in 2007.

The winner of the Morris Trophy given to the Pac-12 best offensive lineman, Kalil will be tough for the Trojans to replace given limited depth at the position.

It is unclear whether Kalil's decision will have an effect on Barkley's decision to turn pro as well. The two are close friends and the left tackle previously said the two would either stay at USC together or leave for the NFL together.

Barkley has until January 15th to declare for the draft and has applied for an evaluation and met with coaches.

For more on Kalil's decision and the latest NFL Draft news, jump on over to the Eye on Football blog.


Comments

Since: Jul 28, 2007
Posted on: December 16, 2011 10:11 am
 

USC tackle Matt Kalil to enter NFL Draft

Royalbleeder, you are a complete moron.  It's the 2 losses and the beatdown by AzSt. that would keep your sorry ass team out of the NCG, not the BCS or probation.


Buffalo Bob
Since: Dec 11, 2011
Posted on: December 16, 2011 10:03 am
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Since: Dec 16, 2011
Posted on: December 16, 2011 9:23 am
 

USC tackle Matt Kalil to enter NFL Draft


Haha U mad!





Since: Feb 23, 2009
Posted on: December 16, 2011 9:20 am
 

USC tackle Matt Kalil to enter NFL Draft

you were not misled. had it not been for probation barkley would have been a finalist for the hiesman and USC would be playing LSU for the NC. all this shows is how corrupt the bcs and ncaa and national writers really are.



Since: Aug 20, 2011
Posted on: December 16, 2011 2:21 am
 

USC tackle Matt Kalil to enter NFL Draft

Your jealousy of the SEC is shining through.



Since: Oct 12, 2010
Posted on: December 16, 2011 2:07 am
 

USC tackle Matt Kalil to enter NFL Draft

But wait....Matt Barkley and Matt Kalil are rated as the number 2 and 3 picks overall in the NFL and yet the two best teams in the country are Alabama and LSU?  How could this be....when they played each other, nobody scored a touchdown.  The first overall pick is supposed to be Andrew Luck, who also plays in the Pac-12, not the SEC.  Well, at least he could go to New York with Trent Richardson and that druggie, Honey Bear, from LSU.  Why, most of the year USC was not even rated in the top 20 and yet the leader of the team is projected as the second overall pick?  Were we misled?



Since: Oct 12, 2010
Posted on: December 16, 2011 2:01 am
 

USC tackle Matt Kalil to enter NFL Draft

Whhat a minute, there must be some type of mistake.  Matt Kalil is an offensive lineman who has not played any games against those great, fierce SEC defensive linemen.  Surely his pass blocking and run blocking skills would have been quickly exposed by the ferociousness of the Alabama and LSU linemen.  Surely now that Jarvis Jones is playing for Georgia he would have gotten to Barkley before Kalili could blink his eyes because....well Kalil has not faced him since he played him practice and Jones hightailed it for the SEC.


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