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
5.032.93-26 30-4.597.58
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

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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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