Ryan Kerrigan, OLB
CFA Player Analysis
None of interest. Kerrigan is exceedingly boring and programmed in pretty much all interviews given since his sophomore year of high school.
High School Muncie Central High School, Muncie Indiana 2004-2007
3 star recruit, graduated from Muncie High School in Indiana, weighed 233 pounds and ran a 4.9 40 yard dash. Very strong, had high GPA. Did not draw offers from big schools. Was a fairly versatile tight end. Had 18 sacks and six tackles for loss in 12 games. Had 775 yards and 6 touchdowns at Tight End.
Purdue University 2007-2010
Academic All-American from 2008 to 2010. Became a starter in his sophomore year and immediately put up numbers, ranking seventh in the Big Ten in sack (7) and 10th in tackles for loss (11.5). Was named honorable mention All-Big Ten by the media. Had monster junior year, 1st team All-Big 10, 2nd team All-American. Had seven forced fumbles. Ranked 1st in Big Ten with 13 sacks, 4th in Big Ten with 18.5 tackles for loss. Broke his foot in the last game of the year. Named team co-captain for senior year. Was the first unanimous All-American at Purdue since 1980. Had 12.5 sacks and led the FBS in tackles for loss with 26 and forced fumbles (five).
NFL Draft Process
Neither Nawrocki or Bunting saw him as a first round talent, though both lauded his character. The ESPN guys had him as a top 20 player. So did most people. Doug Farrar seemed to like him, he compared him to Kyle Vanden Bosch.
Parcells loved him, would have taken him higher than 16 according to Chris Mortensen at the time.
Excelled at weight lifting and jumping. Posted a strong 40-yard dash time (4.67) as well. Vertical (35 in.) and broad jump (122in) were elite, for his year and over time. He also performed very well at the Senior Bowl.
Aggregated Advanced Analysis
2011 Scouts Inc. – High energy, high motor if somewhat limited athlete, Scouts Inc. saw him as a dogged, reliable pass rusher with poor coverage skills and average size for the position.
Football Outsiders Almanacs
2012 FO game charters ranked him number 1 in terms of successful stops per opportunities and subsequently Schatz praised his work in the run game though stated that he needed to improve in pass coverage.
2011 Praised as high effort building block. Came in 3rd behind Von Miller and Adrian Clayborn in FO’s SackSEER rookie pass rusher projection system.
Pro Football Focus Grades
2011 (1056/1056 snaps) Received a roughly average if not below average overall grade from PFF. This was mostly due to PFF grading him as a terrible run defender (in contrast to FO game charters that saw him as an exceptional run defender. He received consistently high marks for his pass rushing all season. Had 56 total pressures on the season which put him at about the 75th percentile for all pass rushers (43 and 34 DE’s).
Poor Man’s Lamarr Woodley