Could Matt Kalil be a fit for the Buccaneers at No. 5?
If the Minnesota Vikings pass on Southern Cal left tackle Matt Kalil with the third pick in the draft, and it remains up in the air what they’re going to do, he could land at No. 5 to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.
Stephen Holder of the Tampa Times examines the possibility, factoring in that the team feels strong about left tackle Donald Penn and right tackle Jeremy Trueblood. Where would Kalil fit in? Well, he might just be too good to pass up.
Vikings general manager Rick Spielman has said his team will select Kalil, LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne or Oklahoma State wide receiver Justin Blackmon. That’s if the Bucs don’t trade down out of the slot. Tampa is known to be interested in Claiborne and Alabama running back Trent Richardson. The Cleveland Browns aren’t in the market for a left tackle at No. 4, not with Joe Thomas in place.
But could the Bucs make a detour if Kalil slipped to them? Trueblood has one year remaining on his deal and the club has invested in Penn. It wouldn’t be such a bad idea to start with improving the offensive line in the first year under new coach Greg Schiano.
"I don't want to pigeon-hole us," Bucs general manager Mark Dominick said.
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