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Don't mess with Kerrigan

Posted on: February 26, 2011 3:20 pm
Posted by Pete Prisco

INDIANAPOLIS -- One of my favorite players in this year's draft is Purdue defensive end Ryan Kerrigan.

He is an explosive player who plays with a relentless style. The knock on him is his size, but he measured in at just over 6-foot-3 here and he weighed 267 pounds -- plenty big enough to play down end in a 4-3.

Some 3-4 teams might want to move him to outside linebacker, but I see him being a force as a down end.

"I played a 4-3 defensive end in college, so I don't have too much experience with it," Kerrigan said. "But in my training for the combine I've been working on a lot of drops from a 3-4 linebacker standpoint."

Why take a player who does his best work going forward and make him go in the other direction? This kid has a chance to be a star pass rusher. Leave him as a 4-3 end.

This was cross-posted from Pete Prisco’s Prisco’s Points blog. For more NFL news, rumors and analysis, follow @cbssportsnfl on Twitter and subscribe to our RSS Feed .


Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 9, 2012 10:33 pm

Don't mess with Kerrigan

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Posted on: December 8, 2011 1:06 am
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Since: Dec 1, 2009
Posted on: February 28, 2011 2:04 am

Don't mess with Kerrigan

Looks can deceive. I've met plenty of strip-club bouncers who used to be stud linemen in D-I. Guys who'd make an outlaw biker think twice before starting something. The NFL is to looking the part as making most men happy is to a young Ru Paul. If you've never been there, then it's best to trust somebody who has. Walter Jones would be best, but Mike Mayock or Charlie Casserly will do in a pinch. 
Tom Brady never looked the part until he did it. Barry Sanders still never has looked the part. (He's not even as big as his numbers. So much for numbers. The only hint that he might be something special is the fact that there is absolutely zero space between his legs when they're spread parallel to his shoulders.)

Since: Dec 1, 2009
Posted on: February 28, 2011 1:53 am

Don't mess with Kerrigan

I'm with you, Pete. I would be a very happy man should my Lions trade down and still end up with Kerrigan. Happier, mind, if they got Amukumara at 13. Still, the Lions coaches may be satisfied with adding a lesser CB prospect at 45, adding him to Chris Houston and Alphonso Smith. 

Since: Aug 29, 2006
Posted on: February 27, 2011 7:08 pm

Don't mess with Kerrigan

Kerrigan is a stud on the edge.  Purdue has had great success with the hybrid off the edge (Rosevelt Colvin, Chike Okeafor, Shawn Phillips, Anthony Spencer, Ray Edwards) and he's joined the list.  After watching him for 4 years, I'd say keep him on the line and let him fly!

Since: Apr 4, 2007
Posted on: February 27, 2011 5:40 pm

Don't mess with Kerrigan

Let me guess, you dont like Vick?

Since: Jun 16, 2007
Posted on: February 26, 2011 5:34 pm

Don't mess with Kerrigan

I've met a lot of NFL players through the years and I assure you that Ryan Kerrigan has NFL ready size.  For his bulk, he is very lean.  He is also very effective at the point of attack in the run game.  His greatest asset, aside from his motor, is his playmaking ability.  He is a turnover forcing machine.

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