Logan Ryan: 5 Things You Need to Know About the Rutgers CB
Few cornerbacks in the 2013 NFL draft are as physical as Rutgers' Logan Ryan. He's got a knack for making big plays and isn't afraid of contact at all.
Unfortunately, Ryan is still an extremely raw prospect in terms of overall technique. There are a handful of areas where he needs to improve before he'll be able to make a huge impact, but he has a high ceiling and plenty to offer an NFL franchise.
Here are five things you need to know about Ryan, the former Rutgers cornerback.
Full Name: Logan Ryan
Birthday: February 9, 1991
Hometown: Berlin, N.J.
High School: Eastern High School
Major: Labor studies
Not only did Ryan excel at cornerback in high school, but he was also an All-State quarterback. He decided to stay close to home when heading to college.
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Despite being a highly regarded recruit for Rutgers, Logan Ryan didn't see any game action during the 2009 season. He saw minimal action in 2010, appearing in 11 games, but having little impact.
Over his past two seasons, Ryan played better and better with each game that passed. His ability to get his hands on the ball was evident with his 38 passes defended over his past two years.
|Year||Tackles||Passes Defended||Interceptions||Forced Fumbles||Defensive TDs|
All statistics courtesy of sports-reference.com.
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Weight: 191 lbs.
Arm Length: 31-3/8"
Hand Size: 9-5/8"
40-yard dash: 4.56 seconds
Bench press: 14 reps
Vertical jump: 32.5"
Broad jump: 116"
Three-cone drill: 6.69 seconds (top performer)
20-yard shuttle: 4.06 seconds (top performer)
60-yard shuttle: 11.28 seconds (top performer)
While Ryan didn't show great speed at the combine, he did excel in drills that showed quickness and agility. He also proved that he has good athleticism and the strength to be successful in the NFL.
All combine results courtesy of NFL.com.
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Despite being a 4-star recruit by Rivals.com, Logan Ryan was only ranked as the No. 32 cornerback of the 2009 class. Notable names that were ranked higher than Ryan were Dre Kirkpatrick, Cliff Harris and Jayron Hosley.
However, when looking over the list of players ranked higher than Ryan, not many have had the type of career that he had. Guys like Michael Carter from Minnesota (No. 12 overall) and Marcus Davis (No. 15 overall) weren't nearly as dominant or consistent as Ryan.
I guess that just goes to show that rankings aren't everything.
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Ryan McCrystal of DraftAce.com and Bleacher Report sees some issues with Logan Ryan's abilities in the run game:
Seen people praise Logan Ryan for his run support, but I'm not seeing it. Only seen 2 games so far, but I'm seeing the complete opposite.
— Ryan McCrystal (@Ryan_McCrystal) April 17, 2013
Daniel Jeremiah of NFL Network feels that Ryan would be better suited in a zone-coverage scheme than anything else:
Finished up Rutgers CB Logan Ryan…Good size & toughness. Like him better as a zone corner, doesn't have catch-up speed.
— Daniel Jeremiah (@MoveTheSticks) April 15, 2013