Patriots shore up secondary with CB Logan Ryan

Patriots shore up secondary with CB Logan Ryan
April 26, 2013, 10:15 pm
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FOXBORO – The Patriots got the secondary help it was presumed they’d add with the 83rd overall pick, taking Logan Ryan from Rutgers.
Ryan, a 5-11, 191-pound junior, ran a 4.54 at the NFL Combine this year. He’s a polished product, starting the last 26 games of his college career and making 161 tackles and coming up with seven picks. He also had 30 pass breakups in his final two years at Rutgers so he has “ball skills” as they say.
He also plays well on special teams.
Appraisals of Ryan’s man-to-man skills are all over the board. What seems unanimous, though, is that he doesn’t have great catchup speed. That would seem to make him a player who would be best suited playing off receivers, as opposed to Aqib Talib who has shown the ability to play up in press coverage and not lose his man.
With Alfonzo Dennard at one corner and Talib at the other and Kyle Arrington in the slot, Ryan becomes depth. He’ll be competing with Ras-I Dowling, a 2011 second-rounder who’s been injury-plagued so far and needs to have an impact this year.