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Thursday, 16 May 2013 21:41

Patriots, rookie CB Ryan agree to deal

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(Keith Srakocic/AP file)

FOXBOROUGH, Mass.--   According to a tweet from his agency, Patriots third-round draft pick, cornerback  Logan Ryan has signed with the Patriots. The announcement was made via his agency Schwartz & Feinsod today. The deal is four years in length.


Logan Ryan has agreed to terms with the New England Patriots.

Last season, the Berlin, N.J. native recorded 94 tackles (5 for loss) 17 pass breakups, and four interceptions in 13 games . His hard efforts garnered him an All-Big East selection.  Last season was just a snippet of what he accomplished while at Rutgers. 2011 was also an impressive campaign for him as he tallied 67 tackles (5.5 for a loss), two forced fumbles, 13 pass breakups and three interceptions.  He also made an adjustment that season as he moved into a starting role at cornerback, according to his NFL Draft profile.

The strengths listed on his profile are very encouraging, and judging by that, he seems like a perfect fit for the Patriots.

Good size for a corner. Extremely physical. Active all across the field, and not afraid to come up an participate in the run game. Reckless abandon for his body, but still a sound tackler. Constantly around the football, makes plays on the ball. Intelligent. Experience with both man and zone coverage. Fluid hips.

He does have some weaknesses according to his profile, but his strengths certainly outweigh those.

Still raw in terms of technique. Lacks blazing speed. As a result, will fly his hips open far too quickly to compensate, leading to a lot of short completions. Will get too grabby and not turn his head to find ball, which will result in penalties in the NFL.

With his talent and where the Patriots got him (third round), Ryan has a chance to be a steal. He also fits in well with the Patriots emphasis on defense and should be a force as New England puts the pieces together for their defensive future.