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 Post subject: Kyle Calloway, OG/OT, Iowa
PostPosted: Wed Mar 03, 2010 12:59 pm 
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PROS: Shows nice technique and footwork. Uses his hands well and locks onto defender. Shows mean streak, finishes his blocks. Sets up nicely and will deliver blow to the defender. Shows some pop off the snap and potential as a drive blocker. Does a good job getting position as a run blocker. Can pull and hits his assignments.
CONS: Lacks ideal athleticism. Has trouble with speed off the edge. Doesn't adjust well in space and can be a bit stiff. Needs to improve his balance and base, as he's able to get bull-rushed. Struggled at times against quicker interior pass rushers. Needs to add strength and won't push the pile.
OVERVIEW: Calloway played mostly right tackle at Iowa, but also got limited opportunities inside at guard. Due to his athletic limitations, he probably projects better inside for most teams, but he's a fairly polished zone-blocking tackle.
NFL FORECAST: I believe he can play tackle for a zone-blocking team. His skillset outside is similar to Tyson Clabo. He can get by on the outside. He won't be great there because he'll always have issues with speed, and he won't be a devastating run blocker, but in the right scheme he could be successful. But he probably fits better inside for most teams. He'll have to adjust there some, but his ability to get position and pull will make him a nice fit in many schemes. At the very least, he should be a solid backup, but I think he has what it takes to be a starter in this league within a year or two.
ATL FORECAST: Calloway would fit nicely in Atlanta as he's a player that has a similar playing style to both Harvey Dahl and Tyson Clabo. I'm not sure he'd be able to beat either out for a starting job, but if the team opted not to keep either beyond this year, Calloway should be able to fill in fairly well. He could also push Blalock for his starting job within a year or two, and probably would win the battle because the coaches would like his mean streak and toughness more than Blalock's. Within two or three years, Calloway should be starting for the Falcons. He's not going to significantly upgrade the line, but give it another solid, underappreciated blocker that Boudreau likes.
VALUE: Calloway would make a nice third or fourth round pick for a team because of his versatility to play multiple positions on the line.

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