If Vikings pass on Kalil, they have options

Vikings keep it close, then get blown out

In the consensus view of this year’s NFL draft, the Minnesota Vikings will select Southern California’s Matt Kalil with the third pick to be their cornerstone left tackle for the next decade.

They have a young quarterback in Christian Ponder they need to protect, and Kalil is considered a can’t-miss blocker with a mean streak and a prototype body, whose older brother is a Pro Bowl player.

But general manager Rick Spielman said the Vikings have Kalil graded equally with two other players, LSU cornerback Morris Claiborne and Oklahoma State wide receiver Justin Blackmon, who will be available after quarterbacks Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III are gone.