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Mr. Goosemahn
08-17-2010, 05:41 PM
To see previously discussed prospects, click here.
Jake Locker - http://draftcountdown.com/forum/showthread.php?p=2230943
Cameron Heyward - http://draftcountdown.com/forum/showthread.php?t=41890
Marvin Austin - http://draftcountdown.com/forum/showthread.php?t=41892
Adrian Clayborn - http://draftcountdown.com/forum/showthread.php?t=41919
Anthony Castonzo - http://www.draftcountdown.com/forum/showthread.php?t=41929
Greg Romeus - http://www.draftcountdown.com/forum/showthread.php?t=41940
Von Miller - http://www.draftcountdown.com/forum/showthread.php?p=2238637
Mike Pouncey - http://draftcountdown.com/forum/showthread.php?t=41959
Allen Bailey - http://draftcountdown.com/forum/showthread.php?t=41971
Mark Herzlich - http://www.draftcountdown.com/forum/showthread.php?t=41993
Prince Amukamara - http://draftcountdown.com/forum/showthread.php?t=42000
Gabe Carimi - http://draftcountdown.com/forum/showthread.php?t=42014
Patrick Peterson - http://draftcountdown.com/forum/showthread.php?t=42030
Terrance Toliver - http://draftcountdown.com/forum/showthread.php?t=42042
Noel Devine - http://draftcountdown.com/forum/showthread.php?t=42053
DeAndre McDaniel - http://draftcountdown.com/forum/showthread.php?t=42063
A. J. Green - http://draftcountdown.com/forum/showthread.php?t=42070
Jonathan Baldwin - http://draftcountdown.com/forum/showthread.php?t=42075
Michael Floyd - http://draftcountdown.com/forum/showthread.php?t=42089
Joseph Barksdale - http://draftcountdown.com/forum/showthread.php?t=42098
Bruce Carter - http://draftcountdown.com/forum/showthread.php?t=42108
Rodney Hudson - http://draftcountdown.com/forum/showthread.php?t=42122
Marcus Cannon - http://draftcountdown.com/forum/showthread.php?t=42132
Jerrell Powe - http://draftcountdown.com/forum/showthread.php?t=42149
Kyle Rudolph - http://draftcountdown.com/forum/showthread.php?t=42196
Ryan Mallett - http://draftcountdown.com/forum/showthread.php?t=42210
Christian Ponder - http://draftcountdown.com/forum/showthread.php?t=42239
Evan Royster - http://draftcountdown.com/forum/showthread.php?t=42240


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DE Ryan Kerrigan, Purdue
6'4 - 263 lbs. - Senior

Highlights!

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Not a great athlete, but a good football player. Most sacks in Big Ten last year and tied a Purdue record with 7 forced fumbles. I guess he has the size to play 3-4 OLB, but his limited athletic ability would say otherwise.

Probably a mid-round prospect as of right now.

Hines
08-17-2010, 05:54 PM
You know who else had limited athletic ability? LaMarr Woodley. Now I'm not comparing the two, but just saying a player can get by without having great athletic ability. Kerrigan IMO is a 4-3 end and can be a nice pass rusher off the edge for a team.

JHL6719
08-17-2010, 06:04 PM
The play he makes at 2:30 in the video is really impressive... very good football player.

princefielder28
08-17-2010, 06:31 PM
I'd move him to the left side in a 4-3...could be an Aaron Kampman type player...I have him as a second round prospect

Mr. Goosemahn
08-17-2010, 06:53 PM
You know who else had limited athletic ability? LaMarr Woodley. Now I'm not comparing the two, but just saying a player can get by without having great athletic ability. Kerrigan IMO is a 4-3 end and can be a nice pass rusher off the edge for a team.

True, I just feel he'd really struggle as a 3-4 OLB with his physical abilities. I've read he runs a 4.8-5.0 40, which isn't great, but it could work in some schemes, like Haggans did. I'd just prefer him at 4-3 DE.

Hurricanes25
08-17-2010, 07:05 PM
I'd move him to the left side in a 4-3...could be an Aaron Kampman type player...I have him as a second round prospect

I don't have him as a 2nd round pick yet but that will most likely change as the year goes on. I do agree with the rest you said.

It's an overusedf term but he has a motor that doesn't stop. He is a very smart player and sniffs out screens and options. He is one to look out for this season.

Is he really 6'4? He looks shorter than that.

BeerBaron
08-17-2010, 07:21 PM
Could end up being a nice, but not flashy, base 4-3 end. His lack of athleticism will keep him from going real high though. I agree with the mid-round grade.

Big Bird
08-17-2010, 11:55 PM
He is going to be a steal. He's a 2nd Rounder for me right now, but can easily move into the 1st. He has solid enough athletic ability. He's a football player. He is an excellent all-around Defensive End. He plays with excellent leverage and technique. He is very strong has one of the best bull rushes out of a college Defense End that I've seen. He plays the run very well and displays excellent instincts and awareness. He's get off (burst) is very good. I could care less how well he ends up timing in the 40. He doesn't have excellent agility or anything, but it's solid. He has good feet though and good quickness, and that's key. I don't see him as a 3-4 OLB, but he can be a very good 4-3 End. His overall play and intensity reminds me of the best in the game, Jared Allen.

SenorGato
08-18-2010, 01:47 AM
The level of athlete I see many assuming a 3-4 OLB must have is mostly bs...the 3-4 OLB is as much about football intelligence as it is football athleticism...probably way moreso...this is why you see the Patriots, a team who ran a true 3-4 in the 2000's, stock the position with NFL veterans known for their brains as well as their athleticism (Vrabel and McGinest come to mind instantly).

Obviously DeMarcus Ware and Shawne Merriman revamped the position a little with their elite athleticism, but it's an overrated quality for the position. How bad of an athlete can you be to play in the NFL anyway, right?

villagewarrior
08-18-2010, 01:52 AM
He just looks very stiff athletically for a 34 OLB. Looks like a good player in the 43 though.

mario
08-18-2010, 06:57 AM
That vid had about 60 views yesterday and now is over 300 LOL i'm glad you posted it :D

About him i agree with the fact that he's better suited to play in a front four, he is not a physical freak but does a good job in pursuit and has a great technique. I miss some upper body strength thought.

K Train
08-18-2010, 08:20 AM
i dont know much about him, how does he compare to spencer and avril (i was in love with both of them btw)

Mr. Offseason
08-18-2010, 10:01 AM
I really like Kerrigan. I was hoping he would come out last year so the Falcons could draft him to compete with Biermann at LE, but now that he's a senior we probably won't end up with him unless we pick him in round 2 or maybe even earlier.

I think Kerrigan will be a very nice LE in the NFL. I think he has 7-8 sack potential, if not more if he is surrounded by quality defensive lineman. He gets off the ball very quickly, he is fundamentally sound, seems to shed blocks well, looks like he has good hand usage... he just looks like a very fundamentally sound prospect to me. Not to mention he is a team leader and has a terrific motor. That makes him a worthwhile 2nd round pick to me.

prock
08-18-2010, 11:21 AM
How does he compare to fellow Purdue DE Ray Edwards?

wicket
08-18-2010, 04:01 PM
very nervous about facing this guy first game with two new starting tackles

JLaw45
11-25-2010, 09:57 PM
I know this has been mentioned on the draft blog before but I thought I'd bring this up again since he's become a pretty notable prospect.

http://espn.go.com/blog/bigten/post/_/id/20305/big-ten-awards-race-update-week-13

This dude went out of his mind this year. Should easily win Big 10 defensive player of the year.
According to the article:
66 tackles, 25 tackles for loss (leads nation), 12.5 sacks (No. 2 nationally), 5 forced fumbles (No. 2 nationally), 2 fumble recoveries

Pretty impressive. NFLDraftScout has him 3rd among D-ends and is projecting him as a first rounder.

ryno626
11-26-2010, 10:15 AM
How would he look standing up in a 3-4? I'm a Pats by the way...

Morton
11-26-2010, 10:26 AM
Solid pick in the #16-#32 range, and probably overdrafted any higher than that.

But he would be a super-steal if someone can grab him in the second round or lower.

Reminds me of Aaron Kampmann: athletically average, but plays the run with solid technique and shows great tenacity in the passing game. Will be a solid LDE for years in the NFL - maybe not elite, but solid in all aspects.

keylime_5
11-26-2010, 10:50 AM
yes, Aaron Kampman is a great comparison for the kid. Kampman seems bigger to me, but then again he's a long time NFL veteran and Kerrigan is in college. This guy is the epitome of a high-motor player.

ThePudge
11-26-2010, 11:09 AM
Ryan Kerrigan could wind up drafted anywhere in the 10-32 range. I have him at 15th on my latest board. I expect he'll be the next high-motor end to dominate competition at the Senior Bowl and turn heads. Great first step, tracks the ball very well, and gives it his all on every down.

nepg
11-26-2010, 11:52 AM
He's great technically, is pretty athletic, and plays both smart and with intensity every play. The best part is that I think he'll get bigger, faster, and stronger when he gets in an NFL program - he has an athletic frame with room to grow.

He reminds me of a better-at-this-stage Tamba Hali.

Babylon
11-26-2010, 01:23 PM
How would he look standing up in a 3-4? I'm a Pats by the way...

Aren't we supposed to compare them all to Mike Vrabel? Actually it may apply this time.

ElectricEye
11-26-2010, 01:34 PM
He's great technically, is pretty athletic, and plays both smart and with intensity every play. The best part is that I think he'll get bigger, faster, and stronger when he gets in an NFL program - he has an athletic frame with room to grow.

He reminds me of a better-at-this-stage Tamba Hali.

I don't think he'll ever be as big as Hali. Hali was 280 coming out if I remember correctly and plays at 275 now. Ideal weight for a 3-4 Kerrigan 260-265, about where he is now. Can the NFL get him into better shape? Maybe. Agree with that comp as far as play style, but I think Kerrigan's first step is a little quicker than Hali's is and he will be able to beat some tackles off the snap a bit more frequently.

Razor
11-26-2010, 01:55 PM
Aren't we supposed to compare them all to Mike Vrabel? Actually it may apply this time.

That's my comparison for him. I think Kerrigan will be a beast in the 3-4 or the 4-3.

Babylon
11-26-2010, 02:03 PM
That's my comparison for him. I think Kerrigan will be a beast in the 3-4 or the 4-3.

With the Pats it would have to be at a 3-4 olb and i think they need help there.