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Jake Ryan, OLB

School: Michigan  |  Conference: BIG10
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Westlake, OH
Height/Weight: 6-2 / 240 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
147124-5

Player Overview

A two-year captain and the 2014 Michigan team MVP, Ryan is a self-made prospect who eats, drinks and breathes football and while he has some athletic limitations, he is the type of player who will make his coach smile and cry when describing how important he is to the team. After a standout sophomore season, Ryan battled through an injury-plagued junior year and looked lost at times when he moved inside as a senior. He has a great feel for the game with natural instincts to close on the action, but the farther from the ball, the less comfortable he feels. Ryan competes with an overachieving attitude and is the type of player who will outplay his draft slot - projects best on the outside where he can blitz, leverage the field and use his strengths.

Ryan received only MAC scholarship offers until an on-campus visit to Michigan prompted an offer from Rich Rodriguez, which Ryan accepted quickly. After redshirting in 2010, he earned the starting nod at strongside linebacker in 2011, finishing among the team leaders with 11.0 tackles for loss. Ryan emerged as a defensive playmaker in 2012 as a sophomore, leading the Wolverines in tackles (88), tackles for loss (16.0), sacks (4.5) and forced fumbles (4), earning All-Big Ten Honorable Mention honors. He missed half of the 2013 season with a knee injury, but returned healthy in 2014 as a senior and moved inside to middle linebacker, finishing with a career-best 112 total tackles, earning First Team All-Big Ten honors.

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Good-sized frame for the position with adequate length. Terrific play speed with a motor that is always revving - high effort player. Finds the quickest route from A-to-B with excellent pursuit skills, seeing plays develop before it happens with read/react awareness. Anticipates well as a run defender to blow up run lanes and blocks, sacrificing himself for the greater good. Sets the edge and understands field leverage with NFL take-on strength to give blockers a handful at the point of attack. Processes information quickly with decisive movements to cover a large area. High football intelligence and an assignment sound player. Good timing as a blitzer, doing a nice job playing on the other side of the line of scrimmage. Top-shelf competitor and often has the dirtiest jersey on the field.

Highly confident and marches to the beat of his own drum. Strong football resume with 41 starts, 267 total tackles and 45.5 tackles for loss over his career - extensive special teams experience and versatility inside and outside.

Football bloodlines: father (WR, Wake Forest), grandfather (DT, Xavier), older brother (WR, Ball State) and younger brother (LB, Ball State).

WEAKNESSES: Tight hips and lacks the body fluidity to consistently hold up one-on-one in coverage. Not a twitchy player with limitations moving laterally. One-speed type and doesn't offer much burst. Needs to do a better job anticipating blocks to avoid bodies, work off contact and stay off the ground. Struggles to keep himself clean and work through the garbage. Inconsistent vision and lacks the make-up speed to compensate. Will overpursue angles at times and arrive too early, forcing some break down issues. Tore the ACL in his right knee that required surgery (March 2013), missing half of his junior season while working his way back from the injury.

--Dane Brugler

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.652.711.6220 34 1/210'0"4.207.11
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
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05/04/2015 - The 6-foot-2, 240-pound Ryan was a fixture on Michigan's defense the last four seasons, starting 41 games. That number would have been higher had Ryan not missed the first half of the 2013 season as he completed a hasty recovery from a torn ACL, which the Packers didn't consider to be a lingering issue. While stressing no starting positions have been delegated as the Packers move on without veterans A.J. Hawk and Brad Jones, who were cut in February, McCarthy suggested Ryan is already being viewed as starting-caliber at inside linebacker. Green Bay has to fill both starting spots in its base 3-4 scheme, though third-year player Sam Barrington seemingly holds one spot after a productive starting stint the final seven games of last season, including the playoffs.

Ryan made a seamless transition from outside to inside linebacker his final season at Michigan. "We'll get 'em all here, and they'll compete, and the best players will play," McCarthy said. "I think Jake will do a heck of a job. I think he's an excellent fit for the way we want to play." Lauded for his instincts in playing the linebacker position, Ryan already knows what's at stake when he arrives in Green Bay for the rookie orientation camp next weekend. "It would be awesome to make an impact," he said. - The Sports Xchange

 

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