2011 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Ryan Kerrigan, DE, Purdue

by Cory J. Bonini on March 14, 2011 @ 03:58:17 PDT

 


Purdue senior defensive end Ryan Kerrigan (6-foot-3 7/8, 267 pounds) brings his hustle to the 2011 NFL Draft. He was a regular contributor for the Boilermakers over the past three seasons, increasing his production the past two years.

Kerrigan's 2009 junior season produced 66 stops and 12.0 sacks. He only improved as a senior, logging 70 tackles and 13.0 quarterback takedowns. 

Strengths

  • High motor - relentless
  • Hard worker
  • Intelligent and instinctual
  • Versatile - can rush the passer and stop the run
  • Ryan Kerrigan, draft prospect
    Non-stop engine
    Strong bull rush
  • Has experience dropping into coverage
  • Sure tackler
  • Respected team leader
  • Plays with leverage

Weaknesses

  • Mild injury history (sprained ankle in 2008, broken foot in 2009)
  • Limited repertoire of pass-rushing moves
  • Average closing speed
  • Lateral agility
  • Sometimes struggles to disengage a blocker

Expected draft placement

Kerrigan is almost certain to be a first-round selection in April's draft. Expect 4-3 teams to be interested in him, especially those running a Cover 2 base defense.

He could go as high as the St. Louis Rams (No. 14) and as low as the Atlanta Falcons (No. 27), assuming he doesn't unexpectedly fall out of the round. His most likely suitor may be the Jacksonville Jaguars (No. 16), who have perennially needed a pass-rushing edge.

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About Cory J. Bonini

Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.

Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.

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