Ryan Connelly

Wisconsin

Prospect Info

College
Wisconsin
Hometown
Class
MN
r-Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 2"
242 lbs
30 7/8”
Hands
9 3/8”

Prospect Grade

5.34
NFL Backup or Special Teams Potential
How We Grade

2019 Draft Results

Drafted by
New York Giants
Giants
Round 5 ‧ Pick 5
Go to Pick
40 Yard Dash
4.66u
Seconds
 
Bench Press
--
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
34.5
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
118.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
7.09
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
4.31
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
--
Seconds
 

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Connelly worked his way up the depth chart over the past four years at Wisconsin, stepping in for injured senior Jack Cichy in 2017. The Minnesota native was named honorable mention All-Big Ten as a junior after leading the Badgers with 88 tackles, 11 for loss, three sacks, and an interception in 14 games (six starts). He got the full-time gig in 2018, garnering third-team All-ACC honors with 89 tackles, 10 for loss, three sacks, and a forced fumble. He started 8 of 14 games played in 2016, piling up 59 stops, seven for loss, and an interception. Connelly contributed as a redshirt freshman, as well, making 15 tackles, one for loss, during the 2015 season. His cousin, Anders Lee, plays in the National Hockey League.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Round 6
NFL Comparison
Ramik Wilson
Overview
Connelly fits the Wisconsin mold of tough, productive linebackers who end up lacking either size or speed as NFL projections. He’s not big enough to play SAM and he’s not fast enough to play WILL so he’ll end up as a slightly smaller/slower 3-4 or 4-3 inside backer. He does a decent job of playing around his deficiencies and finding ways to make impact tackles and he’s fairly instinctive is zone coverage. He has the demeanor and play traits to become a solid special teamer with average backup potential.
Strengths
  • Former walk-on who still plays like he's earning a spot each game
  • Functional short-area burst
  • Recognizes blocking scheme and where he can exploit it
  • Makes quick reads and races ahead of climbing blocks
  • Disciplined to guard against cutbacks
  • Above-average awareness of both quarterback and targets from zone
  • Has shown willingness to play and put off surgery
  • Takes the fight to blockers before they can get up on him
  • Went to Wisconsin.
Weaknesses
  • Turns shoulders and runs rather than using controlled scrape
  • Is coming off of a season-ending surgery
  • Pursuit speed from sideline to sideline doesn't hold up
  • Had the angle and couldn't catch Shea Patterson on a long run
  • Tries too hard to shoot gaps and gets out of position
  • Takes the worst of it on collisions with iso blockers
  • Blocks can stick to him longer
  • Below-average athleticism to overcome misreads
  • Drawn out of position by misdirection
GRADE
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