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2017 NFL DRAFT

Ryan Kelly, C

School: Alabama  |  Conference: SEC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: West Chester, OH
Height/Weight: 6-4 / 311 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
2511-2

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.962.931.7626 308'7"4.597.58

Mock Draft Expert Analysis

  • Indianapolis Colts | #18
    The top priority in Indianapolis must be protecting Andrew Luck, and that starts up the middle. New offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski and offensive line coach Joe Philbin are looking for more athletic offensive linemen and Kelly possesses the strength, agility and pro-ready game to boost the Colts' play at any of the three interior positions.
  • Arizona Cardinals | #30
    The Cardinals desperately need to upgrade the center position and Kelly is the best available. He is NFL-ready and will help stabilize the interior of Arizona's offensive line.
  • Indianapolis Colts | #18
    The middle of their line is a mess. They need to keep Andrew Luck cleaner from the inside. Kelly is the best of the center class.
  • Seattle Seahawks | #26
    This feels like a good landing spot for a team coming back up into the first to take someone like Connor Cook. But the Seahawks would probably settle for filling an important role on the front of their offensive line.
  • Indianapolis Colts | #18
    We've had the Colts taking a tackle the last few weeks, but there's too much noise about Kelly sneaking into the top 20 (and connecting him to the Colts) right now. This is a pick that makes a ton of sense.
 

Player Overview

Kelly took over for Barrett Jones, the 2012 winner of the Rimington Trophy as the nation's best center, and played well over the past three seasons, emerging as the top-rated senior center prospect by 2015.

He finished his career with a national title win in his 35th career start, took home the Rimington Award as the nation's top center in 2015 and shared the SEC's Jacobs Blocking Trophy (top blocker) with Arkansas' Sebastian Tretola.

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Communication skills and grit made him the glue of the Alabama offensive line. Boasts the awareness and strength you would expect from the leader of Alabama's offensive line. Quite athletic, slipping to the second level easily while run blocking and mirroring defenders while in pass protection. Has not allowed a sack the past two years.

Quick snap-and-step motion and works hard to gain body position, anchor and absorb contact, extending to keep defenders from his body.

WEAKNESSES: Average-at-best size, length and growth potential. Needs to continue and develop his power. Quick movements based more on awareness rather than explosive traits.

Overeager at times and needs to stay off the ground, lunging, dropping his eyes and falling off his target. Overaggressive at the second level, leading to his pads rising or overrunning linebackers. Needs to improve his timing in space to land blocks on designed screens.

Durability hasn't been a strength, missing four games in Sept. 2013 (stretched MCL), two games in Oct. 2014 (right knee sprain) and most of the Texas A&M contest this past season due to a concussion (Oct. 2015).

COMPARES TO: Both rely more on hustle than physical talent, but they also have a strong understanding of how to use their positional skill and smarts to complete the mission.

IN OUR VIEW: Arguably the top center prospect in the country, Kelly was a model of consistency for the Tide offense in 2015 with opposing coaches praising his knowledge and instincts as a blocker. He projects as a solid Day Two pick and long-time starter in the NFL.

--Rob Rang and Dane Brugler (2/4/16)

 
 
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Player News
12/09/2015 - 2015 SEC SCHOLAR-ATHLETE OF THE YEAR (COACHES): Ryan Kelly, Alabama...Kelly, a senior leader on the Alabama offensive line, has also been a standout in the classroom for the Crimson Tide. After completing his undergraduate degree in marketing last summer, Kelly is currently pursuing his master's degree in the same field, which he is scheduled to receive this month. The senior currently holds a 3.75 GPA in his graduate studies. During his undergraduate career, Kelly was named to the SEC Fall Academic Honor Roll three times, the SEC Freshman Honor Roll and the Dean's list in both semesters of 2013. Kelly was selected as a semifinalist for the 2015 William V. Campbell Trophy, which recognizes the best scholar-athlete in the nation. - SEC Football
 

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