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Ryan Kerrigan (DE)
  • Height:
    6'4"
  • Weight:
    267 lbs.
  • Arm Length:
    33 3/8 in.
  • Hand Size:
    9 1/2 in.
  • College:
    Purdue
  • Conference:
    Big Ten
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Selected by: Washington Redskins
Round: 1
Pick (Overall): 16 (16)

Pick Analysis: The Redskins finally get a pass rusher to pair opposite Pro Bowl selection Brian Orakpo. Kerrigan was one of the most disruptive pass rushers in college football throughout his career, and he adds another explosive edge player to their line. He could help the Redskins' defense regain its opportunistic ways in the immediate future.
Combine Stats
  • 40 Yard Dash4.71 sec
  • Bench Press31.0 reps
  • Vertical Jump33.5 inch
  • 3 Cone Drill7.18 sec
  • 20 Yard Shuttle4.39 sec
  • 60 Yard Shuttle- -
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Overview

Kerrigan is a beast of a football player that has the ability to be a difference maker at the next level. He appears to be versatile enough to play defensive end in a 4-3 and outside linebacker in a 3-4. He has the lower body strength to hold his ground in the running game and is a relentless pass rusher. He is a strip sacks specialist who became the Big Ten's all time leader in forced fumbles as a senior. There are questions whether he can play on his feet in space in the NFL, but Kerrigan is a likely a mid-first round pick.


Strengths

Kerrigan has good size and speed. Explodes off the line and plays with sound leverage to get under offensive tackles. Persistent pass rusher with great closing burst that has a knack for making strip sacks. Reads quickly and has a strong lower half which makes him stout against the run. Very productive.

Weaknesses

Lacks the elite burst and speed to consistently get around the edge. Does not show an adequate repertoire of pass rushing counter moves. Struggles at times to make plays in space. Lacks experience on his feet as an outside linebacker.

Grade

8.3

 

Video Playlist

  1. Redskins pick Ryan Kerrigan No. 16

    Published: April 28, 2011 at 09:52 p.m.

    The Redskins select Purdue DE Ryan Kerrigan with the 16th overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft.

  2. Ryan Kerrigan vignette

    Published: Feb. 16, 2011 at 08:06 p.m.

    Get to know Purdue defensive end Ryan Kerrigan and find out why he's been nicknamed Superman.

  3. 2011 combine workout: Ryan Kerrigan

    Published: March 11, 2011 at 08:59 p.m.

    Purdue defensive end Ryan Kerrigan competes at the 2011 NFL Scouting Combine.

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