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    2007 DRAFT PROSPECT PROFILES: Centres

    (Ed note: Players not necessarily listed in order of grade)

    Ryan Kalil, Southern California… 6-3, 299, SR… Athletic, technically sound interior offensive lineman who anchored the Trojans’ offensive front. Not very big, but very quick off the snap; gets good angles and uses hands well; has an effective punch, although he doesn’t have long arms; moves well and can make blocks in space, delivers a solid initial pop but doesn’t always sustain blocks in second level; good blood lines as father played in the NFL in the early 1980s; good athlete who plays with natural knee bend and leverage; has good balance and stays on his feet; character player who goes all out on every player; smart player who makes all the USC line calls and adjustments; does nice job recognizing blitz and easily slides around pocket; only real issue is that Kalil isn’t all that big; weighed in at 299 at the scouting combine but likely played at under 290 throughout his USC career; as such lacks lacks lower-body strength and leg drive and can be stood up at the point of attack; concern that he will allow penetration from wide-body NFL DTs; also doesn’t always get much straight-ahead push... Summary: Experienced three-year starter on a big-time national championship team. Somewhat undersized, but athletic center with quickness, football smarts, and solid work ethic who should go in the latter part of this year’s opening round.

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