Michigan Wolverine Football: Q&A Jake Ryan


GBMWolverine Michigan Football TidbitsPosted at 5:15am — 4/27/2015

Michigan Wolverine Football: Q&A Jake Ryan

GBMWolverine was asked by it’s FanSided Green Bay site to do a little Q&A about Jake Ryan.

The Green Bay Packers drafted Jake Ryan on Saturday. Packer fans are wondering if there is some information to share about Jake.

Jake was a three-star prospect from one of the better high school programs in Ohio, St. Ignatius in the Cleveland area. Even though many fans were skeptical of him because of a perceived lack of elite talent, the coaches knew he was a potential impact player right away. Joe has very good instincts, toughness, and is low maintenance. He has played in several defensive schemes at the college level and also played inside, outside, and with his hand on the ground. Ever since his sophomore season, Jake has been Michigan’s best bet at bringing a pass rush and making a big play.

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Q. Ryan is considered an “old school” type of player … can you define that for me and possibly give me some examples as to how he fits that definition? Jake is rugged and physical, he is cute or fluffy in any way. Jake is adept at all situations, such as interviews, but would really just rather play football. He is simply a football player and not an elite athlete, although people have grossly underestimated what he can do.

Q. He will be joining a team that plays a 3-4 defense. Do you feel he has the skills to fit into the Packers’ system and thrive in it? Do not look for Jake to be an instant impact player. But expect that he is a pretty fast learner who will improve after his initial learning curve. He can play inside, outside, hand on the ground, or regular linebacker stance.

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Q. Is he the type of player who will be media friendly and will the Packers media take to his personality? Jake is articulate and will be readily available and honest. The bet here is that Jake will be neither the darling nor the villain of the press. Jake is the Jack Armstrong type of guy and plays full tilt, two traits any fan base will enjoy.

Q. That said, will he take to the small town atmosphere that defines Green Bay, Wisconsin? Ann Arbor is not a big city and Jake did very well. I suspect he will do better in the Green Bay environment than say New York.

Q. What were scouts saying about Ryan prior to the draft? Did Ryan feel he could go in the first couple of rounds of the NFL draft? Most people felt Jake would be a third or fourth rounder. Scouts liked his versatility and toughness, and his ability to blitz and make plays.

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  • Q. As a player, what are some of his greatest attributes? What are his weaknesses and will he be able to overcome them at the next level? Jake is not that good in space in pass coverage and he was moved to the middle to take advantage of Michigan’s over defense. Jake struggled early in the year but came on strong

    Q. Is he a coachable player? Did the coaches think highly of him? This is an easy question to answer, yes and yes

    Q. Tell us about his best game at Michigan?
    He was quite consistent and so it is hard to pick one game. Jake did save UM’s bacon with a late play against Northwestern.

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