Chat with Ryan Kalil
ESPN.com's Scouts Inc. has evaluated every player in the draft and this is what they say about Kalil: ''Kalil has emerged as one of the most efficient and consistent centers in the nation over the course of his two seasons (2004-'05) as a fulltime starter at USC. His lack of ideal size and strength are obviously damaging qualities, but he has the frame to improve those areas over time. In our opinion, Kalil is the most complete center prospect in the 2007 NFL draft class. He is a proven commodity with great intangibles and enough upside to warrant first-day consideration.''
Send in your questions now, then join Kalil on Wednesday at 3 p.m. ET!
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Buzzmaster (2:57 PM)
Ryan will be here soon! Keep sending in those questions!
If you were drafted to a team that has a more agile QB, a guy who is willing to run, instead of a pure drop back passer, would that take a while getting adjusted to, as far as your pass blocking?
Ryan Kalil (3:01 PM)
I don't think so. You know usually you get a feel for a guy in practice, so you get used to that in practice. So I don't think it is something that is hard to get used to.
Adam (Duluth, MN)
Do you think that center is the most underrated position on the O-line, I played center in college ball and people didn't appreciate it as much as they should've I thought, what's your take?
Ryan Kalil (3:03 PM)
I think offensive linemen in general are just underappreciated. But it is part of the game. You may not get the recognition all the time, but when you win football games, and when runningbacks score that is a tribute to you and your guys...so it is just a situation we will always be in.
Hello Ryan. If for some crazy reason you drop to the second round, how much would you like snapping to Leinart and playing alongside Deuce again?
Ryan Kalil (3:04 PM)
Oh that would be such a cool thing. I think it would make it an easier transition for me. It would be a lot of fun, and Deuce makes the games so much fun and great to play.
Devin (Tucson, AZ)
Are you more worried about the power/run-stopping DT's or the speed/pass-rushing DT's at the NFL level?
Ryan Kalil (3:06 PM)
I think the smaller shiftier guys are a lot harder to be consistent against, because bigger guys are tougher to block against at first, but they may wear down, and that is just speaking from the college level. But I just think quicker guys are always tougher.
Adam: Gobles, MI
Ever thought about playing guard?
Ryan Kalil (3:07 PM)
Yeah I thought about it, especially now that my college career is over. The NFL is looking for guys who can play a lot of positions on the O line. So I play guard at the Senior Bowl and I thought I did well. It is very important to be versatile in this league, and it is something I am comfortable doing.
Is there any defensice player you are really looking forward to facing, in order to test how good you are?
Ryan Kalil (3:09 PM)
Well the NFL for a lot of us has been a dream for a long time, and there are a lot of guys you remember watching on TV, I mean guys like Warren Sapp, Ray Lewis, and Urlacher and a lot of other guys, guys I played with like Sean Cody...so those are the palyers I am looking forward to facing, and I think it is very exciting
Do you think you can start as a rookie?
Ryan Kalil (3:10 PM)
I think I can start as a rookie, without a doubt. I am quick to learn schemes and I adjust well. It is something that I have sort of pushed when meeting with people, the idea that I can step in right away.
Phil ( L.A.)
Great Career at SC Ryan, you were the anchor for some great RBs. WHo was your favorite to block for?
Ryan Kalil (3:12 PM)
I mean they all have something different. Being an O-linemen you always love short yardage and goal line, and Lendel White always had a great attitude in those situations. But Reggie was great too, to try and run down field and stay with him during one of his ESPN highlight runs. So it was a lot of fun to block for both those guys.
What teams would you most like to play for and play aganst?
Ryan Kalil (3:24 PM)
To me it doesn't really matter, just the honor of playing in the league is what I look forward to. Obviously it wouldbe cool to stay close to home, but I would not mind going far away either.
do you prefer to block against a 3-4 of a 4-3?
Ryan Kalil (3:25 PM)
It doesn;t matter. Obviously a 4-3 is something I am more used to. I only saw 3-4 against my own team and Stanford. The thing about the 3-4 is if you have to have a very good NT. But it doesn't really matter to me.
Chris (Laurel, De)
Ryan, How do you think you stand after your awesome day at the combine and what round do you think you will hear your name called on draft day?
Ryan Kalil (3:27 PM)
I think it just depends on what teams are looking for. Whichever team needs an interior guy on the line, I will be one of the top guys for that. And I have had the previlege to play in a pro style offense so that should help me. I think it would be really cool to be drafted in the first round, especially because that doesn;t always happen with centers. But I think I am a day one guy who can help a team right away.
jaime, beverly hills, california
hi ryan, you seem so comfortable in front of the camera. very charismatic. would you consider doing a reality show about maybe the whole draft process and your rookie season? THAT would be awesome to watch!
Ryan Kalil (3:32 PM)
Yeah a couple people asked me that. I think it is too late now since all I have really left is my pro day. But that is how a approach things is by trying to be lose and relaxed and that is when I do well at things.
Your toughest opponent?
Ryan Kalil (3:33 PM)
I would say Mike Patterson, my own guy. He was by far one of the players that made me who I am today by just playing him everyday. And Nagata was another giant who was really good. And Cedric Ellis was just a beast to go up against.
What teams have shown the most interest in you?
Ryan Kalil (3:35 PM)
I want to say there are a lot of them that have been talking to me. And it is kind of part of the game, to have all these teams talking to you. But that doesn't really mean that those teams that are talking to you are the ones who are going to draft you. I mean a guy like Matt didn't talk to Arizona at all and they drafted him. So it is hard to say who has a real interest.
ryan whts up man...what are you going to miss most about college? and what are you looking forward to most about the nfl?
Ryan Kalil (3:39 PM)
I think college is probably going to be the last true team atmosphere I will be a part of, so I will miss that. Because the NFL is a business, so there are always a few guys who do not buy into the team concept as much as in college. But I am excited about entering that part of football, the business side. Nevertheless, the team part of the college game is what I will really miss, because there is something so pure about it and that is what really attracts fans to it.
Ryan Kalil (3:40 PM)
Thank you to all the fans for your support, and all the coaches and my father for helping me through this process. Godbless to all of you! I look forward to the draft, and Fight On!
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