Reports: Ryan Kerrigan’s draft stock on the rise

Opinions about Purdue defensive end Ryan Kerrigan seem scattered in the draftnik community. The NFL community seems much fonder of the 2010 Big Ten Defensive Player of the Year.

Last week, SI.com draft analyst Tony Pauline reported on his blog that Kerrigan’s stock is so high he could be a top-15 pick in April’s draft. Kerrigan drew a “huge crowd” to the Boilermakers’ Pro Day, and according to Pauline is “the fastest riser” among draft-eligible defensive linemen.

On Saturday, former NFL scout Dave Razzano indicated that he’s heard similar things from his connections in the league.

“Sounds like Ryan Kerrigan could start flying up draft boards,” tweeted Razzano. “Top scouts I talk to absolutely love him. More than (Robert) Quinn of UNC.”

ESPN’s Todd McShay chimed in Friday evening: “I could watch tape of Purdue defensive end Ryan Kerrigan all day. Limited athlete but makes play after play. Tied FBS career record with 14 forced fumbles.”

If Pauline’s prediction that Kerrigan will go in the top 15 comes true, teams likely to be strongly interested include the Texans at No. 11, Vikings at 12, and Rams at 14.

Though some have reservations about Kerrigan’s ability to transition from college 4-3 end to pro 3-4 outside linebacker, plenty of teams running the latter system are showing significant interest.

On the PFT Visits & Workouts Tracker, we’ve confirmed Kerrigan’s meetings with the Jets, Chargers, Ravens, Bills, and Redskins.

11 responses to “Reports: Ryan Kerrigan’s draft stock on the rise

  1. Wow, this article does a really bad job by naming the teams with the 11th, 12th, and 14th pick as strong contenders to take him.

    I’m a Lions fan and I have been high on this guy since January, and he’s one of my top favorites to be the BPA when we pick and I want him on my team. I think the Lions are just as much of a threat to take him, if not more than those other 3 teams mentioned!

    Kerrigan to the Lions works for me if there aren’t any intriguing top 10 talents that fall to us.

  2. Limited athlete with a high motor? Sounds like exactly the kind of player the Eagles would trade up for. If he was only 6 inches shorter he could play on their D-Line. Like Brandon Graham.

    Being an Eagles fan can be painful.

  3. WalterFootball already had Kerrigan going at #16, and Walter is just some dude with a web site. I’m not sure exactly what “on the rise” means unless Kerrigan goes top ten.

  4. Matters nada what mock draters thought 30 days ago, today, or 30 days from now. All that matters is the draft board of NFL teams.

  5. some of the higher rated d-ends/OLBs are lamb-killers, Kerrigan played his tail off in big games

  6. There is definitely something to be said for a guy who doesn’t allow himself to fail. A good addition to any team, especially if they have big playmakers already on their squad. He doesn’t have the prototype size, but you’d never guess it watching film. The biggest mistake would be taking his hand of the ground and trying to make him a 3-4 OLB. See Aaron Kampman….. The number of 3-4 teams at the top of the draft will keep him out of the top-10, but if he falls past Jacksonville, it would be a disappointment.

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