The Visitors: Part Four

Between now and the draft, Roar Report will provide overviews of players from our exclusive list of those draft prospects who have worked out for the Lions or visited the Allen Park facility. Part four of 15 inside, including bio, audio and more on Alabama linebacker DeMeco Ryans.

Roar Report has compiled an exclusive list of (currently 15) players that the Detroit Lions have either privately worked out and had or will have visit their facility in Allen Park.

Between now and the draft, we will provide overviews of all players that have gotten an additional investment of time from the Lions scouting staff. At least two draft target reports will be published every day for Roar Report subscribers.

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NAME DeMeco Ryans
POSITION Outside Linebacker
#4 @ OLB
#27 Overall
AUDIO Combine Audio
INTERACTION Visited Allen Park
Vikings (Known)
Patriots (Known)
Seahawks Prospect Profile ...

Full Name: DeMeco Ryans School: Alabama Pos: OLB

Ht: 6-1.5 Wt: 236 40: 4.70 Year: 4Sr

Bio: Three-year starter awarded All-Conference honors the past two seasons and honored as an All-American in ‘05. Totals last season included 76/16/5 after 78 tackles as a junior. Posted 126 tackles during his sophomore campaign. All-Academic performer throughout college.

Pos: Productive weak-side linebacker shooting up draft boards. Efficient, immediately reads the action and takes good angles to the ball-handler. Gets depth on drops and displays ball skills in coverage. Resilient, very instinctive and immediately reacts to the action. Solid in pursuit and is rarely off his feet.

Neg: Lacks bulk and playing strength, and sometimes has tackles broken.

Analysis: An intelligent prospect who graduated in seven semesters, Ryans offers plenty of upside for the next level. A potential starter at several linebacker positions, expect him to break in with the first team as a rookie.

Lions Interest: Youthful outside linebackers drafted in the past few years by Matt Millen, including Boss Bailey, Teddy Lehman, Alex Lewis and James Davis have all been disappointments due to health or otherwise -- hence the team's interest in Ryans. However, with more talented OLB prospects available at No. 9, Ryans is a reach at that spot. It's doubtful that he slides into round two (Detroit picks 40th overall), where he would be a steal. But unless the team swaps with another looking to move up (see: Denver's two first rounders), it doesn't seem logical. In addition, if the Detroit Lions are interested in pursuing a linebacker, a prospect that is capable of roaming the middle is most likely. If that's the case, they'll have their choice past the first round, where the talent meets the value (see: Abdul Hodge, D'Qwell Jackson, Gerris Wilkinson).

Other material ...

- Notes From The Combine (DeMeco Ryans near bottom)

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