With the 83rd overall pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, the New England Patriots have selected defensive back Logan Ryan out of Rutgers.
This is what we said in our scouting report on Logan Ryan:
Logan Ryan is a very good cornerback prospect. He’s been well coached coming out of the Rutgers program. Prides himself on playing an aggressive and physical style. His coverage ability should be conducive to many coverage schemes as he has the agility to play man or zone coverages. Ryan is used to getting his hands on the receiver and can play physical all the way downfield. He’s not afraid to attack the running back and will set the edge on play side runs.
Ryan’s hips are fluid enough to play man coverage and he has the ball instincts to succeed in zone coverages. You won’t find many corners that are as physical in all aspects of their game as Ryan. He entered the draft a year early and could go as high as the top 50, but certainly won’t get out of the third round in April’s draft.
Ryan figures to be a backup for the Patriots with Alfonzo Dennard, Aqib Talib and Kyle Arrington ahead of him. Ras-I Dowling could also be ahead of him on the depth chart if he is able to stay healthy.
With Dowling’s health and Talib’s future in question, Ryan provides some nice depth this year and a potential starter in the future.
Ryan was also a core special teams player at Rutgers, something that always endears a prospect to Belichick. Bill Belichick also commented on the solid communication in the Rutgers defensive backfield when asked about Logan Ryan and 91st pick Duron Harmon.