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    Draft Target: OL Ryan O' Callaghan

    Draft Target: OL Ryan O’Callaghan
    Date: Feb 17, 2006


    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.



    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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    Re: Draft Target: OL Ryan O' Callaghan

    Ht: 6-7 Wt: 340
    Position: OL
    Projected as: OT
    Position Rank: 10
    Date of Birth: 7/18/1983
    Class: Senior
    High School: Enterprise HS
    (Redding, CA)
    College: California



    Biography:
    2005 - California:
    2005: First-team All-Pac-10 each of the last two seasons … a member of the Outland Trophy watch list … called by Jeff Tedford perhaps the best offensive lineman he has seen … led Cal with 38 knockdown blocks and finished second with 19 pancakes
    2004: A first-team All-Pac-10 honoree. Recorded 29 knockdown blocks, establishing a team high mark ... recipient of both the Bob Tessier Award (most improved offensive lineman) and Andy Smith Award (most playing time) ... Had surgery on both shoulders which limited his playing time.

    2003: Started the final 11 games of the season ... team's rushing average increased from 124.3 to 180.3 yards in final 11 games with O'Callaghan as a starter.

    2002: Saw action in all 12 games as a reserve tackle.

    2001: Redshirted.

    High School: Attneded Enterprise HS, where he earned PrepStar All-America honors, ranking as the No. 10 offensive line prospect in the West ... Allowed no sacks while registering 74 pancake blocks in 2000.

    Personal: Born to Tom and Evelyn O'Callaghan, July 19, 1983, in Susanville, CA. Majored in interdisciplinary studies.


    Some quick news on Ryan O' Callaghan

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    Majored in interdisciplinary studies.
    What the heck is that???????
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    Re: Draft Target: OL Ryan O' Callaghan

    "COJOMAY" wrote:
    Majored in interdisciplinary studies.
    What the heck is that???????

    I think it is when you learn how to discipline someone on their certain needs. You know how everyone is different? Well I believe this is where they learn how to discipline to certain people and their needs..

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    Re: Draft Target: OL Ryan O' Callaghan

    COJOMAY wrote:
    Majored in interdisciplinary studies.
    What the heck is that???????


    Dis is what I googled....
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    Interdisciplinary Studies Program

    The Interdisciplinary Studies Program allows students to design unique courses of study leading to a Bachelor's or Master's degree. The Program expands upon the traditional university education by offering both undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to design their own programs of scholastic inquiry. Interdisciplinary Studies students have a vision and the program assists the students in creatively applying that vision to unique courses of study, paving the way for the acceptance of new academic disciplines that meet the needs of students with diverse viewpoints and heritages.

    PROGRAM DESCRIPTION:

    The Interdisciplinary Studies Program offers students the opportunity to develop individualized, coherent, intellectually challenging , cross disciplinary academic plans, utilizing courses from selected departments. Each student, with the help of a faculty advisor, must select courses and focus his/her program on the basis of a unifying issue, theme or topic called an area of concentration. The area of concentration must meet three criteria to be acceptable:

    - First, the area of concentration must be interdisciplinary. This means the area of concentration must integrate and focus approaches and knowledge from at least two fields and disciplines. The principle of integration can be historical, regional, thematic or problem-focused.

    - Second, the area of concentration must not replicate any existing major. The purpose of the Interdisciplinary Studies Major is to link students with clusters of courses and faculty where no structure or formal program exists.

    - Third, the area of concentration must be feasible. Each student's proposed program must be discussed with a faculty advisor to ensure that the range and number of courses required will be available. Note: The student's role in the selection of the area of concentration is active not passive. The student must actively plan his/her program and cultivate relationships with assigned or designated faculty. Furthermore, the student has the greater initial responsibility in shaping his/her program. The Program also provides an opportunity for groups of faculty to develop new majors. The bachelors degrees in Engineering Technology and Women's Studies originated in the Interdisciplinary Studies Program.
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    I wuz hopin' it wuz some S & M stuff, myself....
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    Re: Draft Target: OL Ryan O' Callaghan

    Anyways, back to da original topic, I tink dis mug or dat Marcus McNeill guy from Auburn would be a good choice ta be on our team, y'know? Both those mugs are monsters, and although it would take a while to develop 'em, like we saw wit' Marcus Johnson last year, we needs ta upgrade da O-line, y'know? A manster like him sure wouldn't hoit us, y'know?

    Everybody on da mock drafts tinks we should go RB wit' our foist pick. Well, the lines are what detoimines da games, and wit' a foist rate line, even an average runnin' back would do great, y'know? I say, let's draft one of dese mugs, either O'Callaghan, or McNeill.

    BTW, here are da foist 6 OT's rated in Scout's Inc.
    Name - Pos. - HT. - WT. - College - Grade
    D'Brickashaw Ferguson - OT - 6'5" - 294 - VIRGINIA - 98
    Joe Thomas - OT - 6'7" - 307 - WISCONSIN - 93
    Marcus McNeill - OT - 6'7" - 332 - AUBURN - 89
    Winston Justice - OT - 6'5" - 302 - USC - 89
    Eric Winston - OT - 6'7" - 313 - SAMFORD - 88
    Ryan O'Callaghan - OT - 6'6" - 363 - CALIFORNIA - 87

    Of dese mugs, only Ferguson, Justice, and McNeill are tagged ta go in da foist round. While we would have a snowball's chance at Ferguson, Winston and McNeill are right in our draft selection range, No. 17. Either one of dese mugs would be o.k. wit' me, y'know?
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    Re: Draft Target: OL Ryan O' Callaghan

    I would definately support that pick. Either O’Callaghan , McNeil or Winston Justice would be picks that I could get behind.

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    Re: Draft Target: OL Ryan O' Callaghan

    "COJOMAY" wrote:
    Majored in interdisciplinary studies.
    What the heck is that???????
    i would imagine that u need to discipline yourself to do beer funnels..

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    Re: Draft Target: OL Ryan O' Callaghan

    Strengths:
    Has great size and a massive frame...Extremely strong player who can be dominant...Outstanding run blocker...Tough and physical with a nasty demeanor on the field...Smart with great instincts...Has good balance and can anchor...Once he locks on it is over...A hard worker and team leader with top intangibles...Has a lot of experience and has led the way for some prolific Pac-10 offensive attacks.

    Weaknesses:
    Has a history of injuries to both of his shoulders and durability could be a very real concern...Is not a great natural athlete...Not very mobile or agile...Struggles with speed rushers...Does not have the ability to play the left side...Won't be able to just impose his will based on pure size and strength like he did in college.

    Notes:
    Could potentially have to move inside to guard at the pro level but he has experience as a starter there...What you see is what you get and if it's a big mauling right tackle you are in the market for then this is definitely your guy.

    Thank to Lotza

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    Re: Draft Target: OL Ryan O' Callaghan

    "OldManVike" wrote:
    Anyways, back to da original topic, I tink dis mug or dat Marcus McNeill guy from Auburn would be a good choice ta be on our team, y'know? Both those mugs are monsters, and although it would take a while to develop 'em, like we saw wit' Marcus Johnson last year, we needs ta upgrade da O-line, y'know? A manster like him sure wouldn't hoit us, y'know?

    Everybody on da mock drafts tinks we should go RB wit' our foist pick. Well, the lines are what detoimines da games, and wit' a foist rate line, even an average runnin' back would do great, y'know? I say, let's draft one of dese mugs, either O'Callaghan, or McNeill.

    BTW, here are da foist 6 OT's rated in Scout's Inc.
    Name - Pos. - HT. - WT. - College - Grade
    D'Brickashaw Ferguson - OT - 6'5" - 294 - VIRGINIA - 98
    Joe Thomas - OT - 6'7" - 307 - WISCONSIN - 93
    Marcus McNeill - OT - 6'7" - 332 - AUBURN - 89
    Winston Justice - OT - 6'5" - 302 - USC - 89
    Eric Winston - OT - 6'7" - 313 - SAMFORD - 88
    Ryan O'Callaghan - OT - 6'6" - 363 - CALIFORNIA - 87

    Of dese mugs, only Ferguson, Justice, and McNeill are tagged ta go in da foist round. While we would have a snowball's chance at Ferguson, Winston and McNeill are right in our draft selection range, No. 17. Either one of dese mugs would be o.k. wit' me, y'know?

    O.K. Old Man Vike. Not to get off topic, but what is up with the way you post your columns? Is that your real accent, or are you just known to talk like that? I have read alot of your posts, but have never heard anyone else ask you about it. I have only been around the site for about a month so if you have already discussed this before that, I would really like to know the scoop.. LOL.. Thanks OldManVike..

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