Ryan Kerrigan Scouting Report

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Ryan Kerrigan Scouting Report

Position: DE
Conference: Big10
School: Purdue Boilermakers
Year/Status: Drafted
Jersey Number: #94
Height & Weight: 6'4 - 263 lbs.
Drafted 1.16 in 2011 by WAS

2011 NFL Combine Results
40-Yard Dash4.71
Bench press31
Vertical jump33.5
Broad jump10'2
Three-cone drill7.18

2011 NFL Draft Prospect Scouting Report:

Ryan Kerrigan, DE, Purdue

Defensive end Ryan Kerrigan of Purdue University is a 2011 NFL Draft prospect with tremendous pass-rushing ability who is a bit of a tweener that could ultimately play in a number of positions depending upon which team selects him.

Kerrigan is a relentless pass rusher with very few glaring weaknesses. He has a great frame, long arms and good lateral movement. He can bull rush to collapse the pocket and also has an arsenal of smooth moves to get after the quarterback.

If selected for a 4-3 defense, he will need to add weight and muscle. At his current size, he is ideal for a 3-4 OLB, but will need to learn some finer techniques. He doesn't have great straight-line speed and could greatly improve his reaction time in getting off the line of scrimmage. Once he gets moving though, he is relentless all game long. Kerrigan plays with a violent, tenacious attitude. He is currently tied for the FBS record for most forced fumbles in a career (14).

Against the run, he does a great job holding on the edge. He needs to improve his lower body strength, which particularly shows when he can't find outside leverage against a larger offensive lineman. When forced to run to the sideline he is out in space, so he needs to further develop his footwork and pursuit angles.

Scouts are hot and cold on Kerrigan after a mediocre performance at the 2011 NFL Combine. Some believe he isn't athletic enough to play outside linebacker in a 3-4 defense and may not be strong enough to play a 4-3 RDE. The bottom line remains his production at a high-level in a quality conference. He was named the 2010 Defensive Player of the Year in the Big Ten for a reason.

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

Last Updated Mar-29-2011 by Matt De Lima

3 Comments | Add Yours
Prediction: 1st Round

Kerrigan would be a great fit in Packerland, IMO. Attitude, tenacity, ability, Big 10-affiliated, he's got everything we look for. He would be a monster in the 3-4 opposite of Matthews Jr.

Posted by:
mblahnik 12/29/10 01:32 AM
Prediction: 1st Round

The LIons

Posted by:
DetroitSuhCity 03/06/11 11:46 AM
Prediction: 1st Round

San Diego would love to have Kerrigan at #18.

Posted by:
JiminSavage 04/22/11 08:11 PM