Photo of Ryan Russell
Drafted By: Cowboys

Combine Results

5.09 ?
  • 4.75 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 25 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 32.5 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 119.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.25 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.47 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 12.26 SEC
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Combine Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

  • 6'4" Height
  • 33 3/8" Arm Length
  • 269LBS. Weight
  • 10 1/4" Hands


2014: Started all 12 games. 2013: Played in all 12 games with 11 starts. 2012: Started all 13 games. 2011: Played in all 13 games with 11 starts. 2010: Redshirted.

Pro Day Results

40-yard dash: 4.74 and 4.68 seconds



Looks the part. Long-armed with angular body. Takes wide, quick steps and can be difficult for tackles to handle when stunting. Quick feet with long steps to close on quarterback quickly in "T/E" twists. Flexible upper body. Very good change of direction to harass boot-action pass plays. Flashes a quick first step. Has adequate power at the point of attack. Still very raw with traits to potentially mold.


Plays with a narrow base and loses balance. Has traits to get into linemen first, but doesn't bring anything in his hands to jar them. Raw pass rusher. Doesn't seem to have a plan and loses interest when stymied. Completely dominated by Wisconsin right tackle Rob Havenstein. Evaluators have expressed concern about competitive toughness. Content to stay blocked and doesn't fight to improve position. Out of position to finish tackles and misses more than he should.

Draft Projection

Round 6 or 7

NFL Comparison

Cornelius Washington

Bottom Line

Russell will frustrate NFL teams because he has many of the physical traits they covet, but he doesn't do enough with them. With just 8.5 sacks over the last three years, his production won't interest most teams, but his potential might.
-Lance Zierlein
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99 Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49 Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99 Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49 NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19 Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00 50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99 Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74 Chance to be in an NFL training camp
No Grade Likely needs time in developmental league.