Photo of Ryan Kelly
Drafted By: Colts
  • Round 1
  • Pick 18
  • Overall 18

Combine Results

5.87 ?
  • 5.03 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 26 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 103.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.58 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.59 SEC
    Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

"He is scheme diverse, and can play zone or man. He can play all three interior offensive line positions. He's as good a center prospect as I've seen in years. I think he will be a Pro Bowler." -- Mike Mayock

  • 6'4" Height
  • 33 5/8" Arm Length
  • 311LBS. Weight
  • 9 5/8" Hands


Kelly had big shoes to fill when he took over for Rimington Trophy winner Barrett Jones in 2013, but he's handled the pressure quite well. A taller, athletic pivot, Kelly was voted honorable mention All-SEC by league media as a junior, and even won the team's Offensive Player of the Week award twice during the year. He followed that up with a consensus first-team all-conference senior year, leading the way for a Heisman Trophy winner in back Derrick Henry and protecting quarterback Jake Coker on the way to the national title game.



Heady player with tons of grit and fight. Shows the toughness to scrap it out against nose guards in an odd front. Fluid mover in space with knee bend and athletic hips. Explodes into down blocks with low pads and decent bend. Looks to latch and lift with hip snap. Rarely penalized over the last two seasons. Diligent off the snap in race to the spot before engaging on reach blocks. Will keep working feet and hips in order to secure and maintain position. Uses good hand placement and hand strength. Battles to stay glued to his block. Block finisher who looks to dole out punishment on double team blocks. Didn't just secure blocks, helped to blow holes open for Crimson Tide rush game. Handles twists well in pass rush and able to maintain pocket depth against bull­rush. Comes with a pedigree of success and mental toughness. Undisputed leader of a physical, well-­oiled machine up front.


Might need to add some beef to his frame. At times, gets overly­ committed to his secure block and fails to see a downhill linebacker dart in behind him. Needs to work on timing of combo blocks. Occasionally drops head into run block and loses sight of target. Won his share of reps at Alabama with toughness over pure talent or power. Much better drive blocker on an angle. Doesn't generate nearly as much push when heads­ up. Could have some issues matching up against more gifted interior players with mass. Shows tendency on zone plays to use wide angles up to linebacker opening up the inside. Plays a little upright on second level climb causing some balance issues at contact.

Draft Projection

Rounds 1 or 2

NFL Comparison

Bryan Stork

Bottom Line

Tenacious leader and three-­year starter for highly successful Alabama program that puts a heavy emphasis on physical and mental toughness. Kelly might not be a combine warrior, but when the pads are strapped, he plays with enough strength and athleticism to thrive in both gap and zone running schemes. While he could use more mass on his frame, Kelly has the necessary skill­ set and football intelligence to step in and challenge for a starting position right away.
-Lance Zierlein
Grade Title
9.00-10 Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-9.00 Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99 Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49 Pro Bowl to All-Pro Ability
6.50-6.99 Good NFL Starter with Pro Bowl Potential
6.00-6.49 Chance to become good NFL starter
5.70-5.99 Could become early NFL starter
5.30-5.69 Backup or eventual starter
5.15-5.29 Developmental prospect or special teams potential
5.01-5.14 Back end of the roster
5.00 50/50 Chance of making the roster