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Talent, legacy run deep for Kalil

Matt Kalil (Brian Spurlock/US Presswire)

Overlooked as the third-ranked player in a draft that will be remembered as Luck vs. Griffin, there's plenty to appreciate about Southern Cal offensive tackle Matt Kalil. When all is said and done, he could stand at the front of the lines of blockers he represents with Kalil and USC lineage. "He's that good," said one of his former teammates, who joined his position coach in praising him.

Tradition runs deep with Matt Kalil, whose brother is a three-time Pro Bowl center and whose father was drafted in the NFL and played in the USFL, and who is a little more than a week shy of becoming the latest Southern Cal offensive linemen selected in the first round of the draft. But bloodlines, USC offensive line coach James Cregg acknowledged, will only carry a player so far without the...

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