Packers' 4th-round pick: Michigan LB Ryan
The Green Bay Packers selected Michigan linebacker Jake Ryan with their fourth-round pick in the NFL draft on Saturday.
Ryan played both inside and outside linebacker at Michigan.
Jake Ryan at a glance
Position: Inside linebacker.
Height, weight: 6-2 3/8, 240.
Overview: Was Michigan's MVP and leading tackler at middle linebacker in 2014 after three seasons at outside linebacker. Tore his ACL in 2013 spring practice, but returned by Week 6 of the season. Was a two-time team captain at Michigan. Was elected a team captain at the East-West Shrine game and the winner of the Pat Tillman Award, which is presented to the player who best exemplifies intelligence, sportsmanship and service. Had 9.5 sacks, forced seven fumbles, recovered three fumbles and had one interception in his four season with the Wolverines. The fifth-year senior is from Westlake, Ohio. Ran a 4.66-second 40-yard dash at the NFL combine. Was projected as a second-day pick. His brother, Connor, was a wide receiver at Ball State. His father, Tim, was a wide receiver at Wake Forest. His grandfather, Francis Sweeney, was a defensive tackle at Xavier and played in the Canadian Football League. He will wear No. 47 in Green Bay.
Strengths: Has a good feel for the game. Outstanding football temperament. Versatile and scheme-diverse, having played inside and outside. Uses his hands well to shed and play off blocks. Good closing burst to the ball. Strong at the point of attack. Secure, wrap tackler. Field fast. Takes good angles. Plays relentlessly and motor is always revving. Very good production. Tough and competitive. Film junkie. Outstanding football character. Terrific work ethic. Experience four-year starter. Respected team leader. Solid showing at the East-West Shrine game.
Weaknesses: Has short arms (31 inches) and at times gets velcroed on blocks. Has some athletic limitations that showed up in NFL combine drills. Is still honing his eyes from the inside after lining up outside the first three years on college. Has some tightness in his hips and is not fluid opening up and turning in coverage. Will overrun the ball. Loses some separation covering tight ends in man coverage.
Quote: "Tough, smart, instinctive, athletic. Good in coverage. The instincts are what really stand out."– Eliot Wolf, Packers director of player personnel.
-- Strengths and weaknesses provided by Nolan Nawrocki's NFL Draft Preview.