Drew Boylhart   12/08

Ryan Purvis   TE   Boston College     

 

STRENGTHS

Ryan is a complete TE who can block and catch the ball.  He can block in space and is a solid inline blocker as well.  He has excellent hands, is smart and understands situational football.  Ryan has good size and speed to play his position.  He plays in a versatile offense that moves him around so much that it is hard to find him from one play to the next.  He plays in the slot as well as on the line.  He plays as an H-back picking up picking up a blitz in the backfield on one play and then in the slot blocking for a sweep the next play.  He runs excellent routes and is a QB's best friend out on the field.  The Boston College offense is easy to figure out.  All you have to do is find Ryan.  I call him Ryan (Waldo) Purvis.  

 

NEEDS TO IMPROVE

Ryan must get bigger, stronger and use better leverage and not get up so high when he pass or run blocks.  As soon as he fixes these things, he will become that much better.  Ryan must also get quicker and be more aggressive when blocking. 

  

TALENT BOARD ROUND 1

Ryan is the proto-typical TE for the NFL.  He can block in all phases of the game and has good speed with excellent hands.  He is not the burner that we all are starting to see at the TE position, but he can do the job down the field.  Ryan reminds me a lot of Jason Witten (TE Cowboys).  Jason was drafted in the third round in the 2003 draft and I suspect that Ryan will be drafted about the same round.  But remember, his LTI will be quicker than that.  He has to gain more strength and play more aggressively when blocking, but as soon as he does, you will see a TE that will become a fan favorite and a core player just like Jason is for the Cowboys.  Right now, Boston uses Ryan all over the place.  All you have to do is find Ryan and you know what the play will be.  If Ryan is off the line the play goes to his side.  It will be either a pass to Ryan or Ryan will be leading the blocking.  If Ryan is on the line, most of the time, the play goes to the opposite side of the formation.  This is because the coach trusts Ryan to block on the open side, which means there is less chance of a RB or QB getting hurt from a missed block from the blind side of the play. That's how much this coach trusts Ryan.  He depends on Ryan's blocking skills so much that he has based the whole blocking scheme of his offense around Ryan.  Think about that for a minute.  Let it sink in... and then tell me that Ryan is not a core player!  Ryan, in this multi-faceted offense, is like trying to find Waldo in a puzzle.  That's why I call him Ryan (Waldo) Purvis.  He is not a speed burner, but he is a hell of a football player.