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08:00 AM ET 04.20 | Not long ago, Matt Kalil let Minnesota know that drafting him meant not having to worry about a left tackle for the next decade, but where does he rank on the team's big board? [GM] Rick Spielman is showing his staff three names to consider for the team's third overall pick in the NFL draft: [Kalil], LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne and Oklahoma State wide receiver Justin Blackmon. Each player, listed as equals on the team's "big board," will be the subject of the staff's intense film evaluation over the weekend. Spielman, who has the final say on all personnel matters, hopes to decide on one of the three by Wednesday, April 25. ... Outside of a potential trade, the Vikings are not considering other prospects for the pick.

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April 20, 2012  08:14 AM ET
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The Vikings would be stupid to draft anyone other than Kalil

You can almost bank on it.

April 20, 2012  08:15 AM ET
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The Vikings would be stupid to draft anyone other than Kalil

Considering their decision-making track record, this means they might very well draft a kicker instead.

April 20, 2012  08:17 AM ET

Bigger issue with this team... the latest stadium deal fell flat.


Get the moving vans warmed up.

April 20, 2012  08:19 AM ET
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Considering their decision-making track record, this means they might very well draft a kicker instead.

Maybe they'll just pass on the pick.

It could happen.

April 20, 2012  08:30 AM ET

It would seem to be a no brainer...but, then again, we're talking the Vikes here.

April 20, 2012  08:35 AM ET
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Maybe they'll just pass on the pick.It could happen.

Hell, they just as well might skip the whole draft in favor of ann off-site team building day of seminars and hawaiian shirts...you know, to reignite some excitement and passion in the front office staff.

April 20, 2012  08:39 AM ET
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You can almost bank on it.

What? That they're stupid or they'll draft Kalil?

April 20, 2012  08:43 AM ET
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What? That they're stupid or they'll draft Kalil?

Both.

April 20, 2012  08:44 AM ET

Sorry guys, but I would take the best receiver on the board at 3. There is a group of OT in this draft, and no pick is a sure thing.
As many flops with top OL in drafts as any other position.
Ask the Packers.

April 20, 2012  08:50 AM ET
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Sorry guys, but I would take the best receiver on the board at 3. There is a group of OT in this draft, and no pick is a sure thing.As many flops with top OL in drafts as any other position.Ask the Packers.

And wideouts are usually solid, reliable guys you can count on?

April 20, 2012  08:51 AM ET

A highly ranked offensive Tackle or WR can last 15 years, the CB position is out of the question. I guess no one bit on the Vikings offer for a draft pick trade, so they could move down a few notches.

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April 20, 2012  08:52 AM ET
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And wideouts are usually solid, reliable guys you can count on?

Only with Michael Irvin's endorsement.

April 20, 2012  08:56 AM ET

Keep it simple -- draft the guy who has your QB's back covered for the next 10-years +.

April 20, 2012  09:05 AM ET
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And wideouts are usually solid, reliable guys you can count on?

No sure thing out there. Just too high a pick for OT in this draft. The Giants and Pats played a superbowl and neither team had an OT that high from a draft. The Giants OTs are bad and the Pats OTs solid, but nothing special.
If I am going to take a chance I want more. They can move up later in the first round and still get a solid tackle.
What good has Miami done by taking an OT that high, or the Rams?

April 20, 2012  09:05 AM ET
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Bigger issue with this team... the latest stadium deal fell flat. Get the moving vans warmed up.

What happened to the NFL's money for new stadiums, Why didn't Goodell sweeten the pot for Minnesota's legislature when he visited, seems he wants them in Hell A, I mean LA

April 20, 2012  09:05 AM ET
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Keep it simple -- draft the guy who has your QB's back covered for the next 10-years .

four years plus two if you tag him or pay him a kings ransom.

 
April 20, 2012  09:06 AM ET
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And wideouts are usually solid, reliable guys you can count on?

I think what he's saying is that the Vikes could pick up an OT in a later round....

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