According to a league source, USC offensive tackle Matt Kalil will be visiting the Cleveland Browns this week, as the team hosts some of the biggest 2012 NFL Draft prospects in an attempt to figure out what to do with their two first-round picks.
Many believe that Kalil will be drafted by the Minnesota Vikings at No. 3, but nothing is set in stone and general manager Tom Heckert has said that the team would certainly take a look at Kalil if he fell to the Browns at No. 4.
It’s an interesting proposition – with Joe Thomas anchoring the left side of the offensive line, Kalil would shift to right tackle, potentially giving the Browns one of the best young lines in the league. It’s a hard sell though to those who find it imperative that the Browns use their first pick on an offensive playmaker.
Like the other draft prospects that have been visiting Cleveland this week, the Browns are simply doing their due diligence with Kalil. It’s likely that he’ll be gone before the Browns select at No. 4, but should he get passed up, the Browns will have a tough decision to make. Not only will they likely have to choose between players like Kalil, running back Trent Richardson, cornerback Morris Claiborne, quarterback Ryan Tannehill, and wide receiver Justin Blackmon, there will likely be additional teams looking to move up for a left tackle.
In other words, the Browns are sitting pretty.