I know everyone is talking about Andrew Luck and Robert Griffin III, but very few if anyone is talking about how what Minnesota Vikings left tackle Matt Kalil has done this year has been impressive to say the least.
Kalil has been one of the main reasons why, through 13 games played, elite running back Adrian Peterson has had 1,600 rushing yards despite teams lining eight and nine men in the box. Having a stout offensive tackle is such an asset to a team for at least a decade, like when the Vikings had Bryant “Mount” McKinnie.
I know offensive lineman isn’t a glamorous position to say the least and will seldom get the credit they deserve now a days, since people are obsessed with stats more than anything. Offensive lineman don’t occur stats that often, unless a freak play happens.
I had very high expectations for Kalil coming out of college just for the sheer fact that he was as close to a can’t miss prospect as I have seen in sometime and he’s lived up to expectations with him only getting better year after year if he stays healthy. He also has a brother in the league, center Ryan Kalil for the Carolina Panthers, so it gave him an advantage learning proper technique at the next level sooner than other prospects and helping with the speed of opposing team’s defenses.