It was no question that the New England Patriots were going to draft a defensive back, it was just a matter of when. They decided to pull the trigger in the 3rd round by drafting Logan Ryan out of Rutgers. One thing Patriots Nation will like about him is the fact that he’s a very physical and aggressive corner-back. As a comparison, Ryan plays boundary CB in Rutgers defense which is the exact same position Devin McCourty played when he was there. Which means he must be a physical, instinct presence to succeed there. The great thing about him is how physical he is but that is one of his flaws as well.
He’s a very intriguing prospect, but his flaws are his weaknesses. His aggressive and physical coverage style needs to be toned down at the NFL level or he’ll get in big trouble.. He gets kind of grabby down field, which will lead to DPI and Illegal contact calls in NFL. His top end speed is a little above average. He plays quicker than fast, although his ability to transition quick enough and recovery vertically if beaten is quite the concern for teams that were considering him. Smaller quicker receivers will give him a bit of trouble as well. He also struggles to square them up and gets hands on, tougher to mirror off the line of scrimmage. Ryan’s aggressive cover style leaves him susceptible to double moves and more complex route combinations.
He should thrive in a zone scheme and is better of suited closer to the line. He is far more effective when he’s near the line compared being deep down the field where he is a liability.