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Ryan Durand (OG)
Height: 6'5"
Weight: 307
College: Syracuse
Conference: ACC
Hometown: Leominster, MA
High School: Saint Bernard's Prep
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Selected by: Tennessee Titans
Round: 7
Pick (Overall): 30 (239)
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Pick Analysis: Durand is a tall and strong player with good mobility. He was a two-year starter. This is the kind of guy you want to put at guard because he's strong enough to block the big defensive tackles.
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Overview

Durand was named second-team All-Big East his senior season, his third consecutive year as the starting right guard. He led the way for 1,000-yard and second-team all-conference RB Curtis Brinkley in 2008. Durand's solid academic record and character put him in contention for the Draddy Trophy in 2008, while his strength inside put him on some teams' radars as a potential late-round pick.


High School

Rated fifth on PrepStar's top 10 list for offensive linemen in the East. ... PrepStar All-East Region selection in 2003. ... Rated the top offensive lineman and fifth overall prospect in New England by Rivals.com. ... Rated the sixth-best player in New England by SuperPrep. ... 2003 Worcester Telegram & Gazette First Team Defensive All-Star and Boston Globe All-Conference selection. ... Team captain as a junior and senior. ... Earned team MVP award as a freshman, defensive MVP as a sophomore, the Coaches Award as a junior and senior, and the Lineman Award as a senior. ... Four-year football letterwinner for coach Joe Hickey. ... Three-year track and field letterwinner, specializing in the shot put and discus. ... Recruited by former assistant coach Jerry Azzinaro.


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Analysis

Positives: Good height and strong upper-body build. Could succeed in a zone-blocking system because he can get the line moving in the appropriate direction. Moves his feet well enough to get to linebackers in the box and sustain. Effective combo blocker, punching the tackle and getting to the inside shoulder of the end to make a hole. Will reach block to keep slanting linemen from affecting the play. Can move the linebacker out of the hole using his upper body when trap blocking. Gets down quickly to cut block.


Negatives: Is not the athlete most teams want on their offensive line. Lumbers when pulling or working in space. Anchors adequately in pass protection, but tends to lean too much and must improve his lower-body strength. Waist-bender whose pad level is often too high. Will get ripped off after the initial hit, even by linebackers. Struggles to adjust to speed when one-on-one inside, whether from blitzers or ends beating the tackle.


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