With their fourth-round pick (129th overall) in the 2015 NFL draft, the Green Bay Packers select Jake Ryan, OLB, Michigan
Name: Jake Ryan
Position: Outside Linebacker
Weight: 240 pounds
He came in and started as a redshirt freshman for Michigan in 2011. As a sophmore he took a huge step forward and led the team in tackles, including: 4.5 sacks, 4 forced fumbles, and 16 tackles for loss. He lost most of his 2013 season to a knee injury. In 2014 he moved to middle linebacker where he finished the year with 112 total tackles, 14 for loss, two sacks, one interception and two forced fumbles.
40-yard dash: 4.65 seconds
Short shuttle: 4.20 seconds
Three-cone drill: 7.11 seconds
Vertical: 34.5 inches
Broad jump: 120 inches
Bench: 20 reps
NFL.com draft profile (oddly enough the NFL.com draft profile has his best comparison as Desmond Bishop)
“A two-year captain and the 2014 Michigan team MVP, Ryan is a self-made prospect who eats, drinks and breathes football and while he has some athletic limitations, he is the type of player who will make his coach smile and cry when describing how important he is to the team. After a standout sophomore season, Ryan battled through an injury-plagued junior year and looked lost at times when he moved inside as a senior. He has a great feel for the game with natural instincts to close on the action, but the farther from the ball, the less comfortable he feels. Ryan competes with an overachieving attitude and is the type of player who will outplay his draft slot – projects best on the outside where he can blitz, leverage the field and use his strengths.” – cbssports.com
He’s a hard-working football player who has a nose for the ball. He had a knee injury that cost him most of his 2013 season but bounced back nicely last year in 2014. Only missing 6.5 months to an ACL injury is quite the impressive accomplishment. He doesn’t appear to be quick enough to be consistently good in coverage, but put in the right situations where his instincts can take over on the pass rush and against the run, he can be successful. It’ll be interesting to see where the Packers play him, I wonder if his versatility at OLB and ILB ends up getting him playing time because he can play at the position where Matthews isn’t on any given play.——————
Mike Reuter lives in the Twin Cities and is a graduate of the University of St. Thomas. He is a mobile tech enthusiast, a 19 year Gopher Football season ticket holder and a huge Packers fan. Mike is a writer with AllGreenBayPackers.com and you can follow him on twitter at @uofmike.