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Prospect Profiles: Ryan Kerrigan


Triangle Numbers: 6-4, 263, 4.8

Scouting Reports:

Draft Countdown:

• Good size with a nice frame and growth potential
• More quick than fast but has a burst to close
• Able to get around the edge and run the arch
• Strong, powerful and an outstanding bull rusher
• Has a wide array of moves in pass rush repertoire
• Competitive and relentless with a non-stop motor
• Good range and does a great job in pursuit
• Reliable tackler who can deliver the big hit
• More than holds his own versus the run
• Displays violent hands and uses them well
• Shows the ability to disengage from blockers
• Smart with terrific instincts and awareness
• Utilizes proper technique and understands leverage
• Super tough and will play through pain / injuries
• Productive with a knack for making impact plays
• Superb leadership qualities and amazing work ethic
• Offers some positional and schematic versatility
• Lots of quality experience and a great pedigree

• Not a smooth athlete or overly explosive
• Average speed, agility and change of direction
• Ability to play on feet in space is a question mark
• May lack fluid hips and is unproven in coverage
• Some minor durability and health concerns
• Overall upside might be relatively limited
• May be a bit of a positional ‘tweener

Sideline Scouting:

Positives: Very solid pass rusher… Reasonably good strength at POA… Nice bull rush… Long arms… Strong hands… Uses his hands well… Good hand punch… Good speed… Solid short area quickness… Can push the pocket… Can jolt offensive linemen off their feet… Sheds blocks well… Plays with good leverage… Good upper body strength… Very solid versus the run… Good containment… Holds the edge well… Pursues the ball… Makes plays in the backfield… Does a good job stripping the ball… Can play through double teams… Physical… Relentless… Hard worker… Gives good effort… Very good motor… Good awareness… Steady, consistent… Good instincts… Keeps his head up and locates the ball… Tied for the all-time Football Bowl Subdivision record with 14 fumbles forced (Big Ten record, previously 13 held by Simeon Rice and Bob Sanders)… Team captain… Former tight end… Received Purdue’s Pit Bull Award for exemplified and sustained tenacity and intense play during 2009 spring practices… Was second in FBS with 26 TFL in 2010… Selected All-Big Ten first team for the 2009 and 2010 seasons and named 2010 Defensive Player of the year… Best fits as a 3-4 OLB… Some Jared Allen similarities.

Negatives: Would need to add considerable weight to play LDE… Does not possess explosive burst off the ball… Lacks pass rushing counter moves inside… Plays a little high… Does not play in space much… Looks awkward in space… Can be washed out of a play when he gets too upright… Does not possess very good lateral mobility… Injury concerns, did not start 2008 season opener with sprained ankle… Broke foot in 2009 season finale, required surgery following the season… Aggravated the injury in spring practices.
FF Toolbox:

Kerrigan is a versatile prospect who makes plays with his size, strength and speed. He could play 3-4 OLB, 4-3 DE or 3-4 DE. Some players have the talent but may not have high-level production, that does not describe Kerrigan. In 2010, Kerrigan amassed 70 total tackles, 26 tackles for loss, five forced fumbles and 13 sacks.

Some of the words we hear all too often leading up to a draft is upside, motor and potential. Kerrigan has all three. He has an array of moves and techniques to get after the quarterback, some more unorthodox than others. Biggest improvement this season has been to hit the gym hard. He can bench press 475 pounds. His long arms allow him to gain separation and he plays with a good pad level in order to maintain leverage.

Kerrigan has good, but not great speed. He must run well at the combine to maintain the hype he’s established all year. He has a good, but not great first step. What brings it all together is his speed mixed with power; since being so strong, he can effectively bull rush right into the chest of offensive linemen.

Again, the question mark for many Big 10 players including Kerrigan is how will his athleticism transfer to the NFL?

Kerrigan projects as a first round pick in the 2011 NFL Draft.

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GiantsGab Thoughts:

First thing you notice about Kerrigan is the production and the motor. Both are great. But, is he a 3-4 OLB? A 4-3 DE? I lean towards the latter. Great pass rusher, needs to be in a position where he is not overwhelmed physically. If he gains some weight, and doesn’t lose the quickness, he may fit as a 43 DE? But that’s a big if. Can he be a 4-3 OLB? We’ve been down this road with many players, and I think, by now, the answer is firmly: No. Kerrigan has the tools to be a special player. He’ll be a first round pick. But he does not fit the Giants and their defensive scheme


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One Response to “Prospect Profiles: Ryan Kerrigan”

  1. Michael Alvarado says:

    I would like if you would put a profile on Casey Matthews

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