- UConn Pro day: UConn senior Kashif Moore also chose to stand by his tests at the NFL Combine, where his 43.5-inch vertical was the best among all wide receivers and a 4.42 time in the 40 was tied for 9th. Though undersized at 5-9, Moore's speed will land him at an NFL camp. Kicker Dave Teggart, the only other UConn player to be invited to the Combine, is a longshot to be drafted but like Moore will likely be signed as a free agent for NFL mini camps later this spring. The position of kicker is perhaps the most daunting for prospects. Teams only carry one on the roster, and their career span is the longest of any other position. "You're either the guy, or you're at home," Teggart said. "I know full well I have to go up against guys who like their job. I want that job too. It's me beating someone out to have a chance." Other UConn players tested were Wilburn, Agbor, offensive tackle Mike Ryan (who had 32 reps on the bench press), tailback Jonathan Jean-Louis, defensive tackle Twyon Martin. - Chip Malafronte, The New Haven Register
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An all-state pick from Pennsylvania coming out of high school, Ryan joined the Huskies to help them continue their recent tradition of producing NFL-caliber backs like Donald Brown, Andre Dixon, and one of San Diego's 2011 sixth-round picks, Jordan Todman.
Ryan played in five games as a reserve behind a veteran line as a redshirt freshman in 2008. Injuries and suspensions got him on the field ahead of schedule the following year, and he performed well while starting nine games at left tackle. As a junior, he garnered First-Team All-Big East honors after starting the first five games of the season at right tackle before moving over to the left for the rest of the season.
While he doesn't have the svelte build of most college left tackles, Ryan's relatively quick feet and sturdiness as a pass protector make him draftable in the top half of the draft. NFL teams will likely want to move him to the strong side, possibly even to guard, to take advantage of his strength without worrying about his ability to mirror elite pass rushers.
Pass blocking: Reliable pass-blocker, rarely getting beat with speed or a bull rush. Plays over his feet, extends arms, and mirrors quicker ends well. Owns strong hands to latch on and sustain. Picks up stunts efficiently. Protects inside lane even when it looks as though the end has him. Absorbs punches and anchors strong. Not a reliable cut blocker on quick throws, too slow to get down and lands at his man's feet. Recovery speed is below-average, fails to catch up to his man if he stops his feet after initial contact.
Run blocking: Smaller defensive ends stand little chance against him on the edge on straight-ahead blocks or when he moves to create running lane behind him. Good strength to carry tackle out of the play on down-blocks. Fair quickness in combo blocks, though sometimes he does not come off the first block and needs to use his hands instead of just getting in the way of linebackers. Must lower his pad level on short-yardage plays to prevent getting stood up or stoned at the point.
Pulling/trapping: One of few college left tackles to pull to opposite side of the formation ahead of run plays. Shows fair movement for his size, at least getting in the way of pressing linebacker or safety to free the back, but he will occasionally fail to hit a target.
Initial Quickness: Despite extra weight around the middle, gets off the snap into kick-slide and get out of his three-point stance well on most plays. Moves his feet well enough to seal off ends from inside running lanes. Wide rushers can get the edge against him, though he does not get beat often as he cuts down angle and carries defender around the pocket. Can be a count late off the snap at times.
Downfield: Displays fair quickness to the second level and beyond for his size. Pushes piles so the ball goes forward an extra yard. Looks for multiple targets. Quicker defenders get around his block with ease if they see him coming, though he gives effort to at least knock them out of the play. Sometimes resorts to throwing a shoulder into target instead of extending arms to sustain.
Intangibles: Vocal locker room presence, usually jovial but has begun being a leader with words as well as his play. Brother Jamie was an offensive lineman at Notre Dame whose promising career was cut short by a degenerate disc disorder in his back. No known work ethic or off-field issues. Missed final game of 2010 season due to a right leg injury.