All eyes on Ryan (cont.)
Posted: Tuesday March 18, 2008 8:14PM; Updated: Wednesday March 19, 2008 12:45PM
Ryan was satisfied with his showing, and voiced no second thoughts about his decisions in regards to the Senior Bowl and the scouting combine. People within the league say he continues to impress NFL types with his poise, personality and self-confidence.
"I thought I showed I can make every throw that you need to make in the NFL,'' Ryan said. "I went through the entire route tree and showed that I can throw on the run. But it's all stuff they can see on tape. I just wanted to show them what I can do in person.''
Ryan pushed back a bit against the notion that he was pressing at times on Tuesday. Just before meeting the media, he stood off-stage and heard Edwards three times refer to that term to describe some of his less artistic passes.
"It's tough to go out there, and like (he) said there's no rush,'' Ryan said. "It's so atypical of what goes on in football. It's so different from how you actually play. For me, I didn't think I pressed or anything. I thought I just went out there and threw. The first couple throws are always a little rusty when you come out, but I didn't think they were too bad.''
With what could be fairly critical personal workouts for teams still ahead, Ryan seemed unfazed by criticism that he missed opportunities in bypassing the Senior Bowl and limiting his combine work to just running and interviewing.
"The criticism comes with the territory,'' he said. "I made the decisions I made and I'm comfortable with them. I decided to not go to the Senior Bowl because I didn't think I needed to, and I didn't throw at the combine because I thought it'd be better for me to throw here today. I made those decisions. I stick by them, and I think I've made good decisions throughout this entire process.
"I don't think anybody's really certain what's going to happen. Obviously I'm hoping for the best and trying to do everything I can to be drafted as high as I can.''
Even though the Falcons have requested and received word that Ryan will be in for a private workout at some point, it was a little surprising that Atlanta had just two front office members at the workout -- and neither one was new general manager Thomas Dimitroff or new head coach Mike Smith.
Maybe Dimitroff feels he knows Ryan pretty well from his days as the Patriots director of college scouting. Or maybe Atlanta will save the closest scrutiny for its private workout. Makes me wonder if Dimitroff and Smith might be thinking that defensive stars such as Glenn Dorsey, Vernon Gholston or Sedrick Ellis are more in line with where they need to go with the No. 3 spot. Then maybe the Falcons nab their quarterback of the future with their second-round pick in Louisville's Brian Brohm?
Not that I expected one, but it was a bit disappointing that there was no Tuna sighting in Chesnut Hill. That would have been a headline, eh, to see Bill Parcells come strolling across BC's practice bubble field, eyes trained on the work of Ryan's right arm? To re-iterate, Miami had no one of higher rank than its director of college scouting in attendance, although quarterbacks coach Lee watched Ryan's every move as well.
Sitting at No. 8, Baltimore is definitely doing its due diligence on Ryan should both No. 3 Atlanta and No. 5 Kansas City pass on him. The Ravens sent three officials to the workout, including director of college scouting Eric DeCosta and director of pro personnel George Kokinis.
I have to think that Baltimore would do cart-wheels down to the podium to hand in the card for Ryan on draft Saturday.
With three sets of eyes in attendance, No. 17 Minnesota was also well represented, which makes sense for a team whose starting quarterback (third-year veteran Tarvaris Jackson) has a less than vise-like grip on the position. Can't quite imagine Ryan getting past No. 8 Baltimore however, meaning I don't see a Brady Quinn-like first-round tumble coming in April.
Wondering which 10 NFL teams weren't represented Tuesday? By and large they were clubs with pretty set quarterback situations: Denver, Houston, Dallas, Seattle, Jacksonville, San Diego, Green Bay, Chicago, Oakland and the Jets. The Jets, however, will host Ryan in a private workout at some point.
Ryan has legs that aren't much bigger than mine, but he revealed Tuesday that he's put on almost 10 pounds this offseason while training at Athletes Performance in Arizona. Ryan said his weight fluctuates around 227-228 pounds most days.
He also claims his preparation for the draft is essentially finished, a curious opinion given that he has at least five personal workouts just ahead.
"All my work in trying to convince them is done,'' he said. "I'm open. I'm excited to go wherever.''
One interesting footnote to Tuesday's workout was the participation of former Boston College and Cleveland running back William Green, who was a first-round pick in 2002, but has been out of the league for two full years after being cut by the Browns. Green, 28, worked out before NFL scouts in an attempt to re-start his career.
Green opened some eyes with a 42-inch vertical leap and an 11-foot broad jump, but his hopes for a comeback might have faded when he ran a 40-yard dash that was timed in the range of 4.77 to 4.82. That's considerably slower than the 4.54 he ran at the combine as a BC prospect six years ago.
Said one NFL personnel director in attendance: "He looked okay, but with so many good running backs in this draft, why would you sign a re-tread like him?''
Said one club scouting director: "He looks like he's in great shape physically, but he got a lot slower in the past few years and that's going to make it tough. Maybe somebody signs him to a minimum deal and invites him to camp. That's probably all he can hope for at this point.''
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