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2015 NFL DRAFT

Ryan Russell, DE

School: Purdue  |  Conference: BIG10
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Carrollton, TX
Height/Weight: 6-4 / 273 lbs.
Projected Ranking
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36030-

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
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STRENGTHS: Passes the eye test at 6-4 and 275 pounds with an intriguing blend of power and burst to win at the point of attack and be effective vs. both the run and pass. He has shown clear improvement in his football awareness. Understands how to hold contain and leverage gaps vs. the run.

WEAKNESSES: Still has a lot of room to develop with his shed technique and rush sequence before NFL scouts will give their stamp of approval. Russell's rudimentary pass rush understanding shows when he doesn't win with his first step.

The Boilermakers are well represented in the NFL at the pass rush position (Cliff Avril, Ryan Kerrigan, Anthony Spencer, Mike Neal, Rob Ninkovich and Shaun Phillips to name a few) and Russell will be the next Purdue alum to get a chance to star at the next level, especially if he takes the next step in his development as a senior.

--Dane Brugler (8/8/14)

Player Overview

Russell has the look of a NFL player with intriguing next level potential, but up to this point the consistency hasn't been there. The switch to the 3-4 base defense last year didn't do him any favors as he finished his junior season with only two sacks, giving him seven sacks in his career over 35 starts.
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08/08/2014 - Purdue's NFL Draft-Eligible prospects to watch in 2014: 2. DE Ryan Russell, RS Senior...Similar to Holmes, Russell has the look of a NFL player with intriguing next level potential, but up to this point, the consistency hasn't been there. The switch to the 3-4 base defense last year didn't do him any favors as he finished his junior season with only two sacks, giving him seven sacks in his career over 35 starts. Russell passes the eye test at 6-4 and 275 pounds with an intriguing blend of power and burst to win at the point of attack and be effective vs. both the run and pass. He has shown clear improvement in his football awareness, but still has a lot of room to develop with his shed technique and rush sequence before NFL scouts will give their stamp of approval.

Russell's rudimentary pass rush understanding shows when he doesn't win with his first step, but he understands how to hold contain and leverage gaps vs. the run. The Boilermakers are well represented in the NFL at the pass rush position (Cliff Avril, Ryan Kerrigan, Anthony Spencer, Mike Neal, Rob Ninkovich and Shaun Phillips to name a few) and Russell will be the next Purdue alum to get a chance to star at the next level, especially if he takes the next step in his development as a senior. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

 

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