Ryan Russell, DE

School: Purdue  |  Conference: BIG10
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Carrollton, TX
Height/Weight: 6-4 / 269 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.752.75-25 32 1/2-4.477.25
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.672.751.6325 32 1/29'11"4.477.25

Player Overview

A two-star athlete recruit out of high school, Russell received moderate interest from schools like UTEP and Louisiana Tech, but decided to head north, committing to Purdue as a defensive end and redshirting in 2010.

He started 11 games as a true freshman in 2011 and posted 44 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, 1.0 sack, three forced fumbles and three recovered fumbles. Russell started all 13 games in 2012 as a sophomore, finishing with a career-best 8.5 tackles for loss and 4.0 sacks, adding 37 tackles. He started 11 games as a junior in 2013 and recorded 35 tackles, 5.5 tackles for loss and 2.0 sacks.

Russell started all 12 games as a senior in 2014 and recorded 44 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, 3.0 sacks and one forced fumble. He earned an invitation to the 2015 East-West Shrine Game.

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Prototypical NFL measureables for the position with ideal size, strength and speed...physical hands and adequate length to work off blocks with balance to continue his path to the pocket...smooth body type to sink and redirect while in pursuit...stays low off the snap, using leverage and hustle.

Disciplined vs. the run when he locates, playing contain...effort isn't a question, working through the whistle...active on stunts, rushing from different angles...strong upper body to wrap and finish tackles, playing with a consistent temperament...experienced in multiple fronts and is well-versed with various front-seven responsibilities...four-year starter (47 career starts).

WEAKNESSES: Allows his pads to rise and plays too upright off the snap...not a twitchy athlete and doesn't play with burst of change of direction skills...runs around the pocket and too often can't figure out how to penetrate the backfield - struggles to control his momentum on the move and needs to improve his movement discipline.

Not overly fluid when asked to drop and slow-footed reacting to the action...will crash inside and be washed out of plays, abandoning his responsibilities on the edges...playmaking instincts have improved, but still not where they need to be for a four-year starter...appeared constantly dinged up with numerous nagging lower body injuries to his knee and ankles...unimpressive production, averaging with only 25.0 tackles for loss and 10.0 sacks over 47 career starts...streaky off-the-field effort and had a tough time with the coaching change after the 2012 season, which affected his attitude, according to several within the program.

In Our View: When scouting Purdue's past defensive line prospects like Kawaan Short, Ryan Kerrian and Bruce Gaston, it was Russell who often grabbed the attention of scouts with his NFL size and promise. But he struggled to develop his talents the last few seasons, especially the last two years under the new coaching staff that implemented a 3-4 base scheme, which had Russell lining up all over the front-seven in a hybrid role. He is well-rounded, but also doesn't stand out in any area with the lackluster film to match. Although he looks the part, Russell is not the sum of his parts and lacks any type of "wow" factor - projected late rounder and back-up defensive end with a low NFL ceiling.

--Dane Brugler

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