With Ryan, Packers Get Their Inside Backer

Here is a look at the statistical milestones and career accolades of Green Bay's fourth-round pick, Michigan linebacker Jake Ryan.

A look at the career of Michigan’s Jake Ryan, who was the Green Bay Packers' fourth-round pick on Saturday.

Shifting to middle linebacker in 2014, Ryan produced his finest campaign. The consensus All-Big Ten Conference first-team pick and member of The NFL Draft Report’s All-American Super Sleeper Team recorded a career-high 112 tackles, delivering fourteen of those hits for losses, including a pair of sacks. Three of his five quarterback pressures caused turnovers, as he also posted the only interception for his career.


Ryan has started 41-of-46 games at Michigan – 29 at strong-side outside linebacker and his final 12 appearances at middle linebacker…Recorded 267 tackles (166 solos), 9.5 sacks for minus 58 yards, 45.5 stops for losses of 168 yards and nine quarterback pressures…Recovered one fumble, causing seven others, as he also deflected six passes and gained two yards on his only interception return.

NCAA Career-Record Results: Among active NCAA Football Bowl Subdivision players, Ryan ranks 48th with 267 total tackles and 36th with 166 solo hits…His 45.5 stops for losses are third-best within the group and he placed 14th with five forced fumbles.

School Career-Record Results: Ryan ranks sixth in school history with 45.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage, topped by Mark Messner (70.0; 1985-88), Brandon Graham (56.0; 2006-09), LaMarr Woodley (52.5; 2003-06), Curtis Greer (48.0; 1976-79) and Victor Hobson (47.0; 1999-2002)…His tackle-for-lost yardage of 168 tied Ron Simpkins (1976-79) for 12th in Michigan annals…Placed 10th in school history by recording at least 10 tackles in ten of his appearances…His seven forced fumbles rank second in Wolverines history.

School Season-Record Results: Ryan’s 16 tackles behind the line of scrimmage as a sophomore tied Henry Hill (1968), Trent Zenkewicz (1994), David Bowens (1996), James Hall (1998), LaMarr Woodley (both in 2004 and 2005) and David Harris (2006) for 13th on the school annual record list…Recorded at least 10 tackles in seven games during the 2014 season, ranking seventh on the U-M chart.


Ryan returned to the Wolverines for his final season manning middle linebacker duties, as the All-American Super Sleeper Team selection by The NFL Draft Report added All-Big Ten Conference first-team honors from the league’s coaches and media…Led the team with a career-high 112 tackles (67 solos), posting two sacks for 15 yards, as his 14 stops for losses of 35 yards rank 26th on the school season-record chart…Credited with five quarterback pressures, as he also intercepted one pass and deflected three others…Made at least 10 tackles in seven of his appearances.


Ryan recorded eight tackles, including one for a loss vs. Ohio State and had a career-high 14 tackles in the Maryland contests…Posted 11 tackles and assisted on a stop-for-loss vs. Northwestern…Produced a team-high 11 tackles, including 2.5 stops behind the line of scrimmage and a career-high two forced fumbles vs. Indiana…Again led the team with 12 tackles, including one for a loss vs. Michigan State…Had 10 tackles, as one of his three stops behind the line of scrimmage was a sack vs. Penn State…Added eight hits vs. Rutgers and 13 tackles with three stops-for-loss vs. Utah…Delivered 11 tackles in the Notre Dame contest.


One of four team captains, the recipient of the Roger Katcher Award (given to U-M's top linebacker) appeared in eight games at linebacker, making five starts at strong-side outside linebacker, as the start to the season was delayed as he continued to recover from March 26th knee surgery…Finished with 30 tackles (23 solos) that included 4.5 stops for losses of 9 yards...Registered four tackles, including one for a loss vs. Kansas State and made four solo tackles, including one behind the line of scrimmage vs. Ohio State…Had four more tackles vs. Northwestern.


Ryan garnered All-Big Ten Conference second-team recognition from the league’s media and honorable mention from the Big Ten coaches...The winner of the Roger Katcher Award (given to U-M's top linebacker), he started all thirteen games at strong-side outside line-backer, leading the Wolverines with 88 tackles (56 solos) that included 4.5 sacks for minus 35 yards, 16.0 stops for losses of 71 yards (ranked third in the league in that category and tied for 13th on the school season-record list), as he also broke up three passes, caused four fumbles and recovered another…Registered at least ten tackles three times…Named Big Ten Player of the Week after coming up with 11 tackles and 3.5 stops-for-loss vs. Illinois…Recovered a fumble vs. South Carolina and forced two fumbles, one coming on a sack, as he also made nine tackles vs. Ohio State…Recorded three stops behind the line of scrimmage and nine tackles vs. Minnesota…Had a 10-tackle performance that included a sack and forced fumble vs. in-state rivals Michigan State…Posted eleven tackles and deflected two passes vs. Air Force.


Ryan was named to the Big Ten Conference All-Freshman Team, as he started eleven of the thirteen games he appeared in, either lining up at strong-side outside linebacker or at “stud” end…Recorded 37 tackles (20 solos) that included three sacks and eleven stops for losses of 53 yards…Added two quarterback pressures and a forced fumble.


Ryan enrolled at the University of Michigan but redshirted.


2013 Season: Suffered a knee anterior cruciate ligament tear during spring drills on March 19th and underwent reconstructive surgery on March 26. The linebacker did not return to the gridiron until the October 12th meeting vs. Penn State.


4.65 in the 40-yard dash…1.62 10-yard dash…2.71 20-yard dash…4.20 20-yard shuttle…11.65 60-yard shuttle…7.11 three-cone drill…34 1/2-inch vertical jump…10’-00” broad jump…Bench pressed 225 pounds 20 times…31-inch arm length…9 3/8-inch hands…74 1/2-inch wingspan.

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