Patriots Sign OL Ryan O'Callaghan

The New England Patriots signed offensive lineman Ryan O'Callaghan to a multiyear contract today. O'Callaghan was selected by the Patriots in the fifth round (136th overall) of the 2006 NFL Daraft. He is the fourth member of the '06 draft class to sign a contract with the team.

O'Callaghan was a three-year starter at the University of California, and winner of the Morris Trophy presented to the most outstanding offensive lineman in the Pac-Ten conference. The 6-foot-7, 330-pound offensive tackle appeared in 46 of 47 games for the Bears. The Redding, California native was a key part of the California line that paved the way for the two 1000 yard rushers (Marshawn Lynch - 1,281 and Justin Forsett - 1,028) in 2005 and the schools first 2000 yard rusher (JJ Arrington 2,018) in 2004.

O'Callaghan has battled injuries for most of his collegiate career including shoulder and leg injuries. He showed his durability despite those injuries, by only missing a single game. O'Callaghan participated in the Patriots minicamps without a hint of injury concerns.

Patriots offensive tackle Ryan O'Callaghan gets instructions from line coach Dante Scharnecchia at the team's minicamp June 14, 2006 (Photo Jon Scott /


TFY Draft Preview had this as their Scouting report on O'Callaghan:

Pos: Massive blocker who eliminates defenders at the point of attack. Strong, walls opponents from the action or engulfs them altogether. Makes effective use of angles, keeps his feet moving throughout the action and possesses powerful hand punch. Does not give up an inch of room and easily anchors at the point.

Neg: Not quick or explosive into run blocks. Loses balance sliding out laterally and lacks top range. Has a history of shoulder injuries which is a concern.

Analysis: Offering enticing size and ability for a strong side tackle, O’Callaghan has the tools to eventually start in the NFL. Must receive a clean bill of health and complete his game, yet is a solid middle-round choice.

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