2017 NFL DRAFT

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 News
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

05/04/2015 - The Packers aren't ruling out showcasing more of playmaker Clay Matthews at inside linebacker, as they did the second half of last season. In fact, head coach Mike McCarthy noted at the conclusion of the NFL Draft on Saturday that the team's All-Pro outside linebacker has been splitting his meeting-room time between the outside linebackers and inside linebackers in the offseason program. "He's getting ready to play wherever he needs to play," McCarthy said. "The most important thing is creating opportunities for your big-time players to make plays, and that's what we're doing with Clay." Since many feel it would be in Green Bay's best interests to allow Matthews to wreak havoc from the outside, its first pick of the final day of the three-day draft could hold the key to what plan is laid out in the coming months. Better late than never, the Packers targeted one of their top needs by taking Michigan linebacker Jake Ryan in the fourth round Saturday with the 129th overall pick.

General manager Ted Thompson's admission later in the day that "it was a pretty easy pick" may shed some light on how the team hopes to utilize the battle-tested and playmaking Ryan at the outset. "It wasn't because of the numbers," said Thompson, alluding to the no-brainer of a selection at the time. "It was because of his pedigree and what he's done in a big-time place like that." McCarthy quickly paid Ryan what Green Bay's 10th-year coach called "the highest compliment" to be accorded to a player by describing him as a four-down guy for his ability to stay on the field on defense and special teams. - The Sports Xchange

05/04/2015 - A closer look at the Packers' eight picks: Round 4/129 -- Jake Ryan, LB, 6-2, 240, Michigan...After riding top-five draft pick A.J. Hawk for as long as they could before releasing the former Ohio State standout after nine seasons, the Packers turned to the Buckeyes' archrival to land Hawk's potential successor. A successful switch from outside linebacker to the inside last season will allow Ryan to compete for a starting job from the outset. Ryan logged 41 starts with the Wolverines and was highly disruptive with 44.5 tackles for loss and seven forced fumbles in his career. - The Sports Xchange

10/14/2014 - OCT 13 BIG TEN CO-DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK: Jake Ryan, Michigan, Sr., LB, Westlake, Ohio/St. Ignatius,...Recorded 10 tackles, three tackles for loss and one sack in Michigan's victory over Penn State...Led a Wolverines defense that held the Nittany Lions to 13 points and 54 rushing yards...Leads the Big Ten and is tied for 15th in the nation with 9.0 tackles for loss this season...Claims his second career Defensive Player of the Week honor...Last Michigan Defensive Player of the Week: Jake Ryan (Oct. 15, 2012). - Big Ten football

07/31/2014 - 2014 PRESEASON BEDNARIK AWARD WATCH LIST: LB Jake Ryan, Michigan...Ryan served as a team captain last season and registered 30 tackles, including 4.5 for loss, over the final eight games after recovering from an injury that occurred during spring practice. In 2012, he was a second team All-Big Ten performer when he led the team with 88 tackles, including 16.0 for loss with 4.5 sacks, and tied the Michigan single-season record with four forced fumbles. In his career, Ryan has registered 155 tackles, including 31.5 for loss with 7.5 sacks, five forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and four pass breakups. He has recorded at least one tackle-for-loss in 25 of his last 30 games. Clark and Ryan are two of 10 from the Big Ten on the watch list, and Michigan is one of three schools in the conference with multiple representatives on the watch list. - Michigan football

07/31/2014 - 2014 PRESEASON BRONKO NAGURSKI TROPHY AWARD WATCH LIST: Jake Ryan, Michigan, LB...Ryan, who was also named to the watch list for the Chuck Bednarik Award on Monday, served as a team captain last season and registered 30 tackles, 4.5 for loss, over the final eight games after recovering from an injury that occurred during spring practice. In 2012, he was a second-team All-Big Ten performer when he led the team with 88 tackles, including 16.0 for loss with 4.5 sacks, and tied the Michigan single-season record with four forced fumbles.

In his career, Ryan has registered 155 tackles, including 31.5 for loss with 7.5 sacks, five forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and four pass breakups. He has recorded at least one tackle for loss in 25 of his last 30 games. Michigan is one of 12 schools that has at least three players on the 81-player watch list, and the Wolverines are one of only two schools in the Big Ten with three representatives on the list. - Michigan football

07/31/2014 - 2014 PRESEASON BUTKUS AWARD WATCH LIST: Jake Ryan, Michigan...Ryan served as a team captain last season and registered 30 tackles, 4.5 for loss, over the final eight games after recovering from an injury that occurred during spring practice. In 2012, he was a second team All-Big Ten performer when he led the team with 88 tackles, including 16.0 for loss with 4.5 sacks, and tied the Michigan single-season record with four forced fumbles.

In his career, Ryan has registered 155 tackles, including 31.5 for loss with 7.5 sacks, five forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and four pass breakups. He has recorded at least one tackle-for-loss in 25 of his last 30 games. Ryan is one of six from the Big Ten Conference on the Butkus Award Watch List and one of nine from the conference on the Lombardi Award Watch List. - Michigan football

07/31/2014 - 2014 PRESEASON ROTARY LOMBARDI AWARD WATCH LIST: Jake Ryan, LB, Sr. - Michigan...Ryan served as a team captain last season and registered 30 tackles, 4.5 for loss, over the final eight games after recovering from an injury that occurred during spring practice. In 2012, he was a second team All-Big Ten performer when he led the team with 88 tackles, including 16.0 for loss with 4.5 sacks, and tied the Michigan single-season record with four forced fumbles.

In his career, Ryan has registered 155 tackles, including 31.5 for loss with 7.5 sacks, five forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries and four pass breakups. He has recorded at least one tackle-for-loss in 25 of his last 30 games. Ryan is one of six from the Big Ten Conference on the Butkus Award Watch List and one of nine from the conference on the Lombardi Award Watch List. - Michigan football

07/30/2014 - Michigan's NFL Draft-Eligible prospects to watch in 2014: 2. LB Jake Ryan, RS Senior...Even Ohio State fans can admit, Ryan is a darn good football player. He is the self-made type of prospect who somehow went under-recruited despite coming from St. Ignatius in Cleveland, one of Ohio's top high school football programs. After he redshirted in 2011, Ryan couldn't be kept off the field and blossomed into one of the Big Ten's top defenders, leading Michigan in tackles (88), tackles for loss (16.0) and sacks (4.5) in 2012. He tore the ACL in his right knee in March 2013 and missed the first half of last season, starting only five games in 2013 while working his way back from injury.

Ryan processes information very quickly to read, react and attack with aggressive, decisive movements and has the athleticism to chase down ballcarriers and cover a large area. He has a high football IQ and it's no coincidence that he always seems to be around the ball, displaying the point-of-attack toughness to consistently finish. With a healthy and productive senior season, Ryan is viewed by scouts as a possible top-50 draft pick and a player who can line up at several linebacker spots in any scheme. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com

 
 
Player News
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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