2006 NFL Draft Audio: Ryan O'Callaghan

The New England Patriots talked to top offensive line prospects during the Senior Bowl as they worked on building their draft board. The injuries to Matt Light, Dan Koppen and Tom Ashworth left their line in rough shape right when they needed the unit the most. The Draft is one place New England is expected to build depth. With the possible departure of Neal and Ashworth via free agency, here's one player who could fit the bill. The Patriots already met with him in Mobile.

A first-team All-Pac Ten honoree the last two seasons, Ryan O'Callaghan has garnered interest from a number of NFL teams for his tenacious play along the offensive line. A solid Senior Bowl led to a number of one-on-one interviews as he quietly moves up the draft boards.

Ryan O'Callaghan led all Cal linemen with 38 knockdown blocks during his final year, finishing second with 19 pancakes A member of the Outland Trophy watch list, he has been called by California head coach Jeff Tedford as perhaps the best offensive lineman he has seen.

California's Ryan O'Callaghan (61) gets ready for football practice in Las Vegas on Tuesday, Dec. 20, 2005. California faced Brigham Young in the Las Vegas Bowl in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

O’Callaghan is a 6-7, 360-pound offensive tackle from Redding, Cal., who earned first-team All-Pac-10 honors each of the past two seasons. He was named the Morris Trophy winner (Best Pac-10 offensive lineman) for his solid play in the conference.

We sat down with O'Callaghan to talk about his play at right tackle, if teams have looked at him at other positions, and his strengths and weaknesses.

To hear an interview with O'Callaghan from the Senior Bowl, click on the “Media” link below.

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Related: Profile | Patriots Draft: Another Line Prospect | O'Callaghan Wins Morris Trophy (see video) | Senior Bowl North Team Practice Reports


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