USC left tackle Matt Kalil was selected by the Minnesota Vikings with the No. 4 overall pick of the 2012 NFL draft.
It was long rumored that Kalil was the favored pick of the Vikings at pick No. 3, but Minnesota traded that pick on Thursday to the Cleveland Browns and dropped down one spot. Kalil is expected to step in immediately and provide protection for quarterback Christian Ponder, Minnesota's first-round pick in 2011.
Kalil becomes USC's 76th first-round draft selection in NFL history, the most of any college team.