Ryan plays football like a junk yard dog just looking to bite someone in the
ass. He has an excellent burst off the ball and although he is a bit undersized
when playing from a three point stance, he uses his quickness, techniques and
football intelligence to gain advantage. He does an excellent job working
against bigger players defending against the run and that is very impressive.
Ryan is an instinctive football player with leadership skills through his play
on the field. He has just enough athletic talent to drop off the line and defend
those pesky screens and as far as running a sweep to his side you better bring
more than one offensive player to block him or you won’t make the yardage you
need to make on that down. Ryan’s ability to shed blocks is unique because of
his long arms and quick feet. There might be more athletic players who play the
same position as Ryan does in this draft but there are none that play his
position better. Remember the name Ryan (Junk Yard) Anderson.
There is a Mug shot of file for DMV arrest. The domestic violence arrest was a
“she kicked my car so I kicked her car”. Some will say where there is smoke
there is fire, I say I think if that is what happened than Ryan got a taste of
what could have been worse. Hopefully… it was a learning experience for him.
Athletically, what you see with Ryan’s play on the field is what you will get at
the NFL level. There is not much room for improvement except in experience,
instincts and getting stronger. That goes a long way with me personally.
Ryan reminds me a lot of Patriots Rob Ninkovich. He is not as strong but he gets
the most out of his athletic talents and that along with his effort on every
play will make Ryan as valuable to his team’s defense as Ninkovich is to the
Patriots. The NFL has a problem. That problem is selecting players who look the
part, do not produce as expected at the college level and then expecting then to
produce better at the NFL level. Ryan doesn’t look on film to be that type of
player. I would rather pay him 1st round money than a lot of other players who’s
workouts might be better but on the field, don’t live up to their workout
numbers. Remember a talent grade does not suggest what round I think a player
will be selected in, look at Rob’s value board for that. I don’t profile players
to try and coincide with what others may think about the round that player might
be selected in. I just profile players and let the politics of team needs, value
of position and style of offense or defense a team is running deal with what
round a player might be selected in. Ryan is a 3/4 OLB/DE and that means unless
he can prove in workouts that he has the athletic talent to play in any style of
defense not all teams will rate him the same. That’s the politics of the draft.