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    Alabama LB Ryans visits

    Alabama LB Ryans visits

    Alabama LB Ryans visits

    BY DON SEEHOLZER
    Pioneer Press
    The Vikings wrapped up their first week of pre-draft visits Friday as Alabama linebacker DeMeco Ryans and another small group of prospects toured Winter Park.

    Joining Ryans, a possible first-round selection in the April 29-30 NFL draft, were Southern California tight end Dominique Byrd and Northwestern defensive lineman Barry Cofield.

    Friday was the first of 10 days off for Vikings coach Brad Childress and his assistants, who will return to work a week from Monday, but vice president of player personnel Fran Foley and his department will continue their draft preparations.

    There are no player visits scheduled this weekend.

    Byrd, projected as a second-round selection, had 66 receptions during his final two seasons at USC, including a career-high 37 for 384 yards and three touchdowns as a junior.

    Regarded as an outstanding athlete, he was dogged through his college career by academic and physical problems, including injuries to his knee, kneecap and toe in addition to a broken jaw. Cofield, who played defensive tackle and end at Northwestern, projects as an inside player in the NFL and a probable second-day selection (fourth round or lower).

    Linebacker for hire: Depending on how the Vikings feel about their draft prospects, they could get into the bidding for San Diego Chargers linebacker Donnie Edwards, who reportedly could be had for a second-round draft choice.

    Edwards, 33, has led the Chargers in tackles each of his four seasons in San Diego and has experience as an inside and outside linebacker.

    He also has a connection to Foley, who came to the Vikings after three years as the Chargers' director of pro scouting and added former San Diego linebacker Ben Leber as an unrestricted free agent.

    Linebacker is considered the Vikings' No. 1 need area, but Edwards wouldn't come cheaply, with a $3.55 million salary cap number this season.

    Looking ahead: The big name among next week's pre-draft visitors is Texas quarterback Vince Young, scheduled to be at Winter Park on Monday. With the 17th selection of the first round, the Vikings would have to trade up in the first round to have a shot at drafting Young.

    Briefly: The Vikings are among the teams scheduled to attend an April 21 workout by former Connecticut basketball player Ed Nelson on the school's Storrs, Conn., campus.

    Nelson hopes to be drafted as a tight end, even though he hasn't played football since his freshman year of high school. He is represented by Joe Linta, who numbers Vikings center Matt Birk among his clients.

    • The due date for Brett Favre's $3 million roster bonus — originally scheduled last month — has been moved to July 27, giving the three-time MVP more time to make a decision on retirement.

    Packers general manager Ted Thompson said Thursday that the bonus due date, which already had been moved back three times, most recently to Saturday, was not an issue.

    • San Diego Chargers backup linebacker Shaun Phillips was arrested early Friday after he scuffled with a patrol officer, police said.

    This report includes material from the Associated Press. Don Seeholzer can be reached at [email protected]

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    Re: Alabama LB Ryans visits

    I don't know we need a LB and a QB either one I would be glad to get. Ben Leber, EJ Henderson, Donatarrious Thomas, and Napoleon Harris are pretty good. However I don't think they will cut it so I think a LB in the first or early 2nd would be a good idea. How about you and who do you think should the vikes get as a QB


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    Re: Alabama LB Ryans visits

    This is strange!!! I haven't really heard about Minnesota being interested in Ryans until this week!! I wonder whats going on with Ernie Simms and Chad Greenway!!?!?!
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    Re: Alabama LB Ryans visits

    Hmm.. interesting. They also talked about the edwards possibility. That gets me really excited.

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    Re: Alabama LB Ryans visits

    If we reach this far with our #17 pick I'll be pissed. Either Greenway or Sims will be on the board, maybe both.

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    Re: Alabama LB Ryans visits

    yeah, we better not take him over Sims or Greenway, that wouldn't be smart at all.
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    Re: Alabama LB Ryans visits

    Smoke screen.

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    Re: Alabama LB Ryans visits

    I second the smoke screen.

    I still say we make one move and one move only. Trade our 1st round pick for SCHAUB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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    Re: Alabama LB Ryans visits

    yup

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    Re: Alabama LB Ryans visits

    DeMeco Ryans
    OLB | (6'1", 236, 4.69) | ALABAMA

    Scouts Grade: 91

    Strengths: Is quicker than fast. Moves well laterally and when coming forward. He is instinctive and his technique is outstanding. He plays with leverage and shows very good balance and body control. Is quicker than fast. Takes excellent angles in pursuit and is a reliable, powerful tackler. Really has a nose for the football. Is disciplined and will execute his assignments. He shows good recognition skills and won't take too many false steps. He shows adequate-to-good range in underneath zone coverage. Gets good jumps on the ball and also shows good ball skills when in position to make a play. He has developed his array of pass rush moves and is relentless in pursuit of the QB. He has spent some time with his hand down as an edge rusher on obvious passing downs. He is a hard worker on and off the field. Intelligent player and good student. High character person with elite overall intangibles.

    Weaknesses: Is an elite prospect but lacks elite top-end speed and ideal size. While he possesses adequate size as a MLB or WLB, he lacks ideal height and bulk for an SLB and will struggle to stack at the LOS vs. taller, bigger TE's in the NFL. Will need to improve his overall strength. A better fit size-wise at WLB in the NFL, but lacks ideal top-end speed at that position. Will have some trouble when forced to turn and run vs. faster RB's one-on-one. Had some minor injuries during career at Alabama, including both hamstrings in spring of 2005.

    Overall: Ryans played a reserve role as a true freshman in 2002. He finished with a team-high 126 total tackles as a sophomore in 2003. He also set the school's single-game record versus Arkansas with 25 total tackles that season. As a junior in 2004, he finished with 78 tackles and seven tackles for loss. Ryans started all 12 games as a senior in 2005 and finished with 76 tackles, 12 TFL, five sacks and one interception. He finished his career at Alabama with 37 starts and was named the SEC Defensive Player of the Year in 2005. Ryans was a four-time All-Academic SEC selection and was also a recipient of the prestigious NCAA Top VIII award, which recognizes outstanding achievement in athletics, scholarship and community service and is given each year to a total of eight student-athletes from Division I, II and III. Ryans is an experienced, intelligent and versatile linebacker prospect that improved with each season of experience and finished with his best season as a senior in 2005. While Ryans spent most of his time in college at the SLB position, he showed the versatility to play all three LB positions. We think his best fit will be at WLB in the NFL. Ryans lacks elite speed and he will need to improve his bulk and strength in order to match up better in the NFL. However, he plays the game with outstanding technique and instincts. He is quick, aggressive, tough and active versus the run. He shows outstanding tackling skills and he has developed into a solid contributor in the passing game both as a pass rusher and in coverage. Ryans has the physical tools to develop into a playmaking fulltime starter in the NFL and he is polished enough to contribute immediately as a rookie. Ryans should be one of the top-five linebackers selected in the 2006 draft most likely late in the first round.
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