The Rutgers football team had a very good chance and ending up in a BCS game this year if they didn’t end the season on a poor note. Losing to Virginia Tech in their bowl game in overtime, even though it seemed they were the better team, likely didn’t leave a great taste in the seniors of this team’s mouth.
Unfortuantly for Rutgers, star cornerback Logan Ryan has decided to leave Rutgers early and declare for the 2013 NFL Draft (per Joe Schad of ESPN on Twitter). But fortunately for the Dolphins, they are in need of secondary help, and Ryan could be theirs for the taking come April.
Here’s the scouting report on Logan Ryan: He shows very good fluidity, few wasted steps in his turn and run transition, and was an efficient tackler from his cornerback spot. He stays tight to the hip of his receiver consistently, and does a great job in subtle hand usage. He could open up a bit cleaner when breaking vertical, the area where he struggles most. It’s his vision, instincts, short area ball skills, and short area athleticism that could make him a Top 64 (or even higher) pick this year.
The Dolphins need secondary help, there’s almost no question there. And with three picks in the Top 50, it’s likely they’ll have at least one shot to get Ryan in April. While I don’t believe he’ll end up being one of the 2 or 3 best cornerbacks in this class, he has the vision, ball skills, and short area tacking that the Dolphins need opposite Richard Marshall.
This may be the first of a few Rutgers players the Dolphins will target (thinking seniors OLB Khaseem Greene and DT Scott Vallone, as well as RS Soph Brandon Coleman), but he’s one the Dolphins should look extra closely at at the NFL Combine and come April