If Vikings pass on Kalil, they have options 26 Apr 12

Eden Prairie, Minn. (AP) – The consensus view sees the Minnesota Vikings selecting USC’s Matt Kalil with the third pick in the draft to be their cornerstone left tackle for the next decade.

But general manager Rick Spielman says the Vikings have Kalil graded equally with LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne and Oklahoma State wide receiver Justin Blackmon. Those positions are also significant concerns.

What if the Vikings decide to spoil all those mock drafts and pass on Kalil? That could happen.

Claiborne would be an instant starter, with Chris Cook and Antoine Winfield also returning to the lineup. Zack Bowman and Chriss Carr were signed for depth and suddenly that group could be in decent shape – with safety the next major need.

Blackmon, on the other hand, would form a strong tandem with Percy Harvin.