Ryan Groy NFL Draft 2014: Highlights, Scouting Report and More

Alex DunlapContributor IApril 14, 2014

Wisconsin head coach Gary Andersen watches Ryan Groy (79) warm up before an NCAA college football game against Penn State Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013, in Madison, Wis. (AP Photo/Morry Gash)
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Ryan Groy, OG, Wisconsin, (HT: 6'4⅝"; WT: 316)



NFL Comparison: Geoff Schwartz, OT, New York Giants

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  • Steady, All-Big Ten offensive line presence for a traditional running power in Wisconsin. 
  • Tall and lanky guard prospect with good natural reach and athleticism. 
  • Used frequently on pulls and traps in the man-power scheme. 
  • Generally gets a nice, quick pop off the line of scrimmage into engagement with opposing three-techniques. 
  • Seems to have above-average feet and relatively fluid movement skills.
  • Has giant hands, sixth-biggest among offensive line participants at the combine. 
  • Showed at the Shrine Game that he was a proficient long snapper - a nice value-add for NFL clubs - per Jeff Risdon of DetroitLionsDraft.com. 
  • A natural athlete who comes with position versatility; never missed a game at Wisconsin and logged 33 starts at differing positions such as tackle, guard center and even fullback per Big Blue Interactive.
  • Appears to have above-average natural agility in a testing setting; running the eighth-best three-cone drill and seventh-best shuttle among OL participants in Indy. 
  • Actually had a great all-around combine, 15th best in the 40-yard dash, 14th-best 10-yard split, 16th-best bench press, and eighth-best broad jump. 
  • Durable, dependable player health-wise thus far in career, set Wisconsin record by playing in 54 career games per the Wisconsin Athletic department. 


  • Way too stiff. 
  • Engages defenders with his head down and while lunging forward with alarming frequency. 
  • Lets defenders off too easily when attempting to drive them off their spots. 
  • Way too much bend at the waist leading to overextension, bad positioning and a general uncontrolled nature in the run-block game. 
  • Does not keep good pad level as a pass blocker; gives up far too much penetration when absorbing opposing rushers through the upper part of his body. 
  • Struggled mightily in two 2013 quarters facing Arizona State DT Will Sutton who was beaten repeatedly in Senior Bowl drills by the offensive linemen in attendance for the week in Mobile. 
  • Despite what seems line an explosive first step, shows major issues with leg drive; defenders can get underneath his pads and have their way with him at times.
  • Poor attention to fundamentals and technique in numerous aspects. 
  • Weak at anticipating where delayed pressure may come from on the defense; gets locked on to one thing and often plays with tunnel vision. 
  • Very little swivel in the hips; does not appear flexible and limber. 
  • Hard to find many traits that appear functionally suited for high level production within an NFL scheme. 
  • Needs to work on hand placement and use of proper leverage. 
  • Spends too much time on the ground and possesses very suspect functional balance. 
  • Despite large, lanky frame, doesn't possess significant length through arms and wingspan. 
  • Doesn't always keep moving his feet when engaging defenders and looks "stalemated" in space too often. 

Personal Notes (via Wisconsin Athletic Department)

  • Parents are Doug Groy and Kelly Baker.
  • Enjoys hunting, fishing, camping and golfing.
  • Majoring in agricultural and life sciences with a focus in communication.


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Grades by Alex Dunlap




Groy has a level of position versatility and clear, tested athletic attributes that should, in most every case, translate to some sort of productivity at the NFL level. Groy has good feet, has shown in testing that his lateral agility and balance (at least in a vacuum) could actually be untapped areas of strength functionally on the football field. 

Groy falls into terribly bad habits, does not play with the best motor and at times can appear to be a liability, even on a Wisconsin offensive line facing collegiate-level competition. Groy is not a player NFL evaluators will project as capable of making an immediate impact upon his arrival in his new NFL city. Groy will, however, almost certainly be drafted - and with proper development and training - reasonably projects to carve out a role for himself through year one with a chance to expand upon it through the remainder of his rookie contract. 


Draft Projection: 7th Round