Kalil (4th), Perry (28th) Taken In NFL Draft First Round
USC offensive tackle Matt Kalil was selected as the fourth pick in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft today (April 26) by the Minnesota Vikings while defensive end Nick Perry was taken with the 28th pick by the Green Bay Packers.
Kalil, a 2011 All-American first teamer who won the Pac-12's Morris Trophy, and Perry, a 2011 All-Pac-12 first team pick and a finalist for the Hendricks Award, both declared for the NFL Draft following their junior seasons. USC had multiple first rounders for the first time since 2009.
Kalil and Perry become USC's 76th and 77th first round NFL draft picks, the most of any school. The Trojans now have had 475 NFL draftees, more than any school.
Kalil also is the 22nd Trojan offensive lineman selected in the NFL first round since 1968, averaging to one every other year.
As the fourth pick, he is USC's highest selection since Reggie Bush went second in 2006 and the highest offensive lineman since Tony Boselli was second in 1995.
Kalil joins tackles Ron Yary (first in 1967) and Steve Riley (25th in 1974) as Trojan offensive linemen selected in the first round by the Vikings (both enjoyed careers that spanned more than 10 years in Minnesota). The last time the Vikings selected a Trojan in the first round was Kenechi Udeze in 2004 and the last Trojan drafted in any round by the Vikings was Everson Griffen in 2010, both defensive ends.
Kalil is the third member of his family chosen in the NFL Draft. His brother, Ryan (a former Trojan All-American), was a second round selection in 2007 by the Carolina Panthers, where he is an All-Pro center. His father, Frank, was a 1982 draftee by the Buffalo Bills out of Arizona, but he played in the USFL.
Perry is USC's fifth defensive lineman first rounder since 2004 and the 11th since 1968. He is USC's first defensive line first rounder since Sedrick Ellis and Lawrence Jackson in 2008. He was the Pac-12 sacks leader last season (10th nationally) with 9.5. He had 21.5 sacks in his 3-year career.
The NFL Draft continues Friday and Saturday (April 27-28) with rounds 2 through 7.