Ryan: Patriots a perfect fit

Ryan: Patriots a perfect fit
April 27, 2013, 12:00 am
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FOXBORO -- Logan Ryan didn't drop the 'Just happy to hear my name called' line after the Patriots picked him Friday night. His emotion could be heard clearly on the conference call.

"I knew that they needed a corner and I felt like I was the guy for them all along. They have a great Rutgers connection. But beyond that, I felt like I'm a smart, versatile player and I could do well in that organization. I felt like it was a perfect fit."

The Patriots will see if their new 5-11, 191-pounder can be worked into the puzzle.

Ryan started 27 of 37 games for the Scarlet Knights, recording 170 tackles, 11 stops for loss, an assisted sack, a quarterback pressure, and two forced fumbles. He also deflected 39 passes and intercepted seven for 73 return yards and one touchdown.

His work for RU earned him First Team All-American honors from Pro Football Weekly and a second-team All-America nod from The NFL Draft Report.

And New England's vote of confidence with pick No. 83.

"He's one of the most productive corners in the draft," head coach Bill Belichick said at evening's end. "He's a good football player in a good program. He knows his techniques well, he's an instinctive player. He's tough. He's a good tackler."

There is no discounting the Rutgers connection.

Belichick developed a relationship with the school through friend and former head coach Greg Schiano. Schiano is now an NFL bench boss for Tampa Bay -- a job Belichick helped him get. The fact Steve Belichick was a four-year lacrosse letterman at Rutgers is just one more way the pipeline from Piscataway to Foxboro has stayed open.

Ryan (along with teammate Duron Harmon, who was picked at No. 91) will join safety Devin McCourty and defensive end Justin Francis as former Scarlet Knights now playing for the Patriots. McCourty, in particular, marks a significant connection.

"My relationship with Devin goes beyond words. He's the guy who helped me make the transition coming from high school…a talented high school player to be a college corner," Ryan explained. "And now, for him to be there for me for that next step -- and I've grown up over the years; I'm not that 18-year old boy anymore -- to have the opportunity to compete alongside him in practice, with the great work ethic that he brings, and the great leader that he is.

"I'm just honored to be able to play alongside him and for the Patriots organization."