Matt Kalil is almost certainly going to be a Top 5 pick in the 2012 NFL Draft. The USC product is considered by many to be the top offensive lineman available after not allowing a sack during his final season. But that's not the only reason scouts are interested in him. In an interview with XX Sports Radio in San Diego, Kalil revealed that scouts are also very interested in his family ties to the NFL (via Sports Radio Interviews):
"I think it is definitely important to them to see if you’re really all about football. That’s what they want to hear. They want to know if you’re all in to football and you’re going to dedicate 100 percent of your time and to have a family that has been involved in football, my father being in the NFL and my brother going through USC and now in the NFL, it definitely helps and I think they want to know if you’re all in and if football is what you want to do. I think they got that vibe from me. I’m 100 percent football oriented and I’ve spent my whole life playing football and it’s a big part of who I am so definitely got good vibes from all the meetings."
Kalil's brother, Ryan, is a three-time Pro Bowler with the Carolina Panthers and their father, Frank, was drafted by the Buffalo Bills in 1982 and played two seasons in the USFL.