Every mock draft you look at for the 2012 NFL Draft has the following order, right?
1) Indianapolis - QB Andrew Luck, Stanford
2) Washington - QB Robert Griffin III, Baylor
3) Minnesota - OT Matt Kalil, USC
Maybe that's not as set in stone as everyone first thought. The Vikings would desperately like to deal the third overall pick according to various reports. Does he finally have the bait to get out of the pick?
Enter our favorite pot-stirring owner, Jim Irsay of the Indianapolis Colts, and his Twitter account.
"Tannehill is a hidden gem in this draft,a quiet secret who was always sneaking up to #3..you want him,you better talk to Zigi The Biggie!"
Tannehill is obviously Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill, and 'Zigi The Biggie' is Vikings owner Zygi Wilf.
The thing that should intrigue fans of the Buffalo Bills about this piece of information is what exactly happens with USC offensive tackle Matt Kalil.
If the Vikings end up trading out of third overall, just how far does Kalil fall? Let's take a look at who may need a left tackle past that pick:
4) Cleveland Browns
- Unlikely due to the presence of Joe Thomas, and they won't spend a top five pick on a right tackle when they need playmakers.
5) Tampa Bay Buccaneers
- In a similar position to the Browns. They could use a right tackle, but have a big need elsewhere.
6) St. Louis Rams
- This would likely be the ideal landing spot for Kalil. The Rams need a left tackle so they can put Roger Saffold to the right side. They've also had reported interest in moving down the draft order even though they've already moved out of second overall.
So unless the Bills and Buddy Nix are willing to suspend his belief temporarily in trading away draft picks to move up in the order, it seems the Bills still won't have a shot at Kalil even though he would fall from third overall.
Just for the sake of playing devil's advocate, what would it cost the Bills? On the handy-dandy NFL Draft value chart, the difference between 6 and 10 is merely 300 points. That could equal swapping first round picks, throwing in a third-round pick and one of their fourth-round picks. Or it could mean swapping firsts, unloading their second and getting a third round in return. Whatever the end result may be, it's plausible.
But the way Buddy Nix has been talking, and his failure to trade away a single draft pick in his two years as GM, trading up to grab Kalil just doesn't sound like his M.O. Things can obviously change, but the precedent has been set.