Ryan Connelly, ILB, Wisconsin #43

6021, 237, 4.72


Notes: From Eden Prairie, MN. His cousin, Anders Lee, plays for the New York Islanders in the NHL. Original walk-on who redshirted in 2014. Earned a scholarship and played in 12 games, notching 15 tackles and 1 TFL in 2015. Played in all 14 games, starting 8 at inside linebacker, making 59 tackles, 7 TFL, 1 INT, 4 PBU and 1 FR in 2016. Played in all 14 games with 6 starts at inside linebacker, with 88 tackles, 11 TFL, 3 sacks, 1 INT, 2 PBU, 1 FF and 1 FR in 2017.

Positives: Quick to read and diagnose. Instinctive and decisive to the ball. Very good range sideline-to-sideline. Reliable open field tackler. Highly productive. Should contribute nicely on special teams.

Negatives: Average overall size and frame. Is not a great open-field athlete or a hard-hitting run stuffer.

Summary: Should make a team and contribute.

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