Draft Target: OL Ryan O'Callaghan

The Vikings are expected to make a play to upgrade their offensive line, either in free agency or the draft. Massive offensive lineman Ryan O'Callaghan could be one of those that gets targeted.

Ryan O'Callaghan led all Cal linemen with 38 knockdown blocks during the year, finished second with 19 pancakes and made 35 career starts.

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.

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. Click on the media link below to access that audio.

O'Callaghan notes from his Senior Bowl practices:

Monday Practice Notes: Big and tried to engulf opponents or just block down on them. Had trouble with speed during the day. At one point Victor Adeyanju got the first step on drove him back into the pocket.

Tuesday Practice Notes: Coming out the Cal offense, it is obvious O'Callaghan is comfortable in his pass set. His deep sets in pass protection are very smooth. Showed a strong post leg when defenders tried to make any underneath moves.

Wednesday Practice Notes: Pass protection continues to be stellar. Has a smooth deep set. Shown the ability to reestablish the hands. Even recognized line stunts well. His run blocking is a bit more suspect. Tends to lead with his chest instead of his pads, and his pad level overall needs to be lower to be effective.

Thursday Practice Notes: Played with a wide base all week. Did not show any explosion in his hips when fitting up on his blocks.

Analysis: Obviously more comfortable in pass set than run blocking. O'Callaghan has a smooth and sound deep set, counters pass rush moves, and possesses with a strong post leg. Does get his hands wide at times though. In run blocking, he had a tendency to play high. A solid prospect who neither hurt nor helped his stock all that much.


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