Ryan Lownes

Ryan is currently an undergraduate student at Ohio University pursuing a degree in Sport Management. He has been attending the NFL Draft in New York City since 2005 and has aspirations of a career in scouting. He is currently a draft writer and analyst on the Draft Breakdown team, posting his latest rankings, mock drafts, scouting reports, and more. Be sure to follow Ryan on twitter for year-round NFL Draft analysis.


NFL Power Rankings – Week Nine

November 3, 2011

Steeler

Resident power rankings guru Ryan Lownes shares with us his weekly writeup.

 

Love or hate where he has your favorite team stacked up? Make sure to share your thoughts in the comments below or over at the Draft Breakdown message board.

 

 

Rank

Team

Explanation

Last

1

Green Bay Packers

(7-0)

The lone remaining unbeaten team has shown few weaknesses to this point and appears poised for another deep playoff run. If they can find consistency on the ground, they may be unstoppable.

1

2

Pittsburgh Steelers

(6-2)

Despite being banged up at linebacker and along the offensive line, Mike Tomlin has his team playing Pittsburgh Steelers football. The win over New England cemented their status as a contender in the AFC.

4

3

Detroit Lions

(6-2)

The Lions faced little in (read more…)

Top 100 Big Board

September 27, 2011

Vontaze Burfict1

After breaking down a couple weeks’ worth of tape, Ryan Lownes provides us a look at his updated & expanded Big Board.

 

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#

Name

Position

School

Class

Stock

1

Andrew Luck

QB

Stanford

Jr.

2

Matt Kalil

OT

USC

Jr.

3

Vontaze Burfict

ILB

Arizona State

Jr.

4

Landry Jones

QB

Oklahoma

Jr.

5

Alshon Jeffery

WR

South Carolina

Jr.

6

Trent Richardson

RB

Alabama

Jr.

7

Quinton Coples

DE

North Carolina

Sr.

(read more…)

Ryan Lownes’ Latest Mock Draft

September 15, 2011

1. Indianapolis Colts 

 

Andrew Luck – QB – Stanford*

 

It will get ugly this year in Indy without Peyton Manning under center. The Colts, in a position of luxury, have the opportunity to insure their star and groom his eventual replacement. Luck is a remarkably cerebral quarterback who could benefit from learning under an all-time great at the position. 2. Seattle Seahawks 

 

Landy Jones – QB – Oklahoma*

 

Expect the Seahawks’ passing offense to falter in 2011 with Tavaris Jackson at the helm behind a battered offensive line. Seattle needs an upgrade at the quarterback position and it may be too tempting to pass here. Landry Jones has all the physical tools and is poised for a huge year, but he must be more consistent to warrant this high selection. 3. Carolina Panthers 

 

Quinton Coples – DE – North Carolina

 

With the offense showing some life (read more…)

Ryan Lownes’ Defensive Rankings

August 30, 2011

After unveiling his Top 50 Big Board and offensive rankings, Ryan stacks up the top draft-eligible defensive prospects.

 

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Defensive Ends

 

#

Name

School

Class

Notes

1

Donte Paige-Moss

North Carolina

Jr.

OLB

2

Quinton Coples

North Carolina

Sr.

3

Brandon Jenkins

Florida State

Jr.

OLB

4

Devin Taylor

South Carolina

Jr.

5

Brandon Lindsey

Pittsburgh

Sr.

OLB

6

Billy Winn

Boise State

Sr.

7

Andre Branch

Clemson

Sr.

8

Jake Bequette

Arkansas

Sr.

(read more…)

Ryan Lownes’ Offensive Rankings

August 30, 2011

Ryan Lownes offers a look at his top ten prospects at each position on offense. Also, make sure to check out his Top 50 Big Board and defensive rankings.

 

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Quarterbacks

 

#

Name

School

Class

1

Andrew Luck

Stanford

Jr.

2

Landry Jones

Oklahoma

Jr.

3

Matt Barkley

Southern Cal

Jr.

4

Ryan Tannehill

Texas A&M

Sr.

5

Robert Griffin

Baylor

Jr.

6

Kirk Cousins

Michigan State

Sr.

7

Brandon Weeden

Oklahoma State

Sr.

(read more…)

Ryan Lownes’ Top 50 Big Board

August 29, 2011

With the college football season only days away, Ryan Lownes offers a peek at his top fifty prospects for 2012. Based on plenty of tape study, his big board is an tremendous resource: both for die-hard draftniks and fans familiarizing themselves with college football’s top talents.

 

Love, hate, or feel ambivalent about Ryan’s rankings? Make sure to share your thoughts in the comments below and over at the Draft Breakdown message board.    

Top 50 Overall

 

#

Name

Position

School

Notes

1

Andrew Luck

QB

Stanford

Signal caller with prototype physical tools and rare intangibles.

2

Alshon Jeffery

WR

South Carolina

Physically dominant receiver with incredible production.

3

Landry Jones

QB

Oklahoma

Pocket passer has size and the arm to fit balls into tight windows.

(read more…)

Ryan Lownes FINAL Mock Draft 2011

April 28, 2011

 

  Cam Newton – QB – Auburn     Von Miller – OLB – Texas A&M     Marcell Dareus – DT – Alabama     AJ Green – WR – Georgia     Blaine Gabbert – QB – Missouri     Patrick Peterson – CB – LSU     Robert Quinn – DE – North Carolina     Julio Jones – WR – Alabama     Tyron Smith – OT – USC     JJ Watt – DE – Wisconsin     Nick Fairley – DT – Auburn     Jake Locker – QB – Washington     Prince Amukamara – CB – Nebraska     Aldon Smith – DE – Missouri     Gabe Carimi – OT – Wisconsin     Da’Quan Bowers – DE – Clemson  

Ryan Lownes 3 Round Mock With Trades – April 26th

April 26, 2011

Carolina Panthers

 

TRADES

– Miami gets: 1st Round Pick #23, 3rd Round Pick #85, 4th Round Pick #120 Philadelphia gets: 1st Round Pick #15

– Kansas City gets: 1st Round Pick #23, 4th Round Pick #120 Miami gets: 1st Round Pick #21

– New England gets: 2nd Round Pick #50, 3rd Round Pick #89, 2012 3rd Round Pick San Diego gets: 1st Round Pick #28

– New England gets: 4th Round Pick #106, 2012 1st Round Pick Minnesota gets: 2nd Round Pick #33

1. Carolina Panthers Cam Newton – QB – AuburnIt is hard to say if the decision has been made in Carolina as to who will be the first overall pick. The list of needs for the Panthers is a long one that includes several key positions such as: defensive end, defensive tackle, cornerback, and wide receiver. The team’s Achilles heel a year last season, however, was the play (read more…)

Scouting Report: Kendall Hunter

April 17, 2011

Kendall Hunter

 

Position: RB School: Oklahoma State Height: 5’7 1/4" Weight: 200 lbs Class: Senior 40 time: 4.53 All-Star Game: Senior Bowl Team Captain: 2010 Draft Projection: Mid 2nd – Mid 3rd Round

 

Summary

Few backs in this highly touted draft class were as productive as Kendall Hunter was through his career at Oklahoma State. During his two years as a full-time starter, he ran for well over 3,000 yards and racked up 32 touchdowns on the ground. What he lacks in size, he makes up for with excellent balance, quickness, and running instincts. Durability was a problem in college, so the common feeling is that he would operate most effectively paired with a bigger running back in a two back system. His feel for the game, agility, and work ethic should make him a very solid pro. On draft day, expect Hunter to fit in (read more…)

Scouting Report: Jabaal Sheard

April 10, 2011

Jabaal Sheard

 

Position: DE School: Pittsburgh Height: 6’2 7/8" Weight: 263 lbs Class: Senior 40 time: 4.69 All-Star Game: No Team Captain: 2010 Draft Projection: Late 1st – Early 3rd Round

 

Summary

Jabaal Sheard is an explosive college end that will appeal to both 4-3 and 3-4 teams as a right end or rush linebacker. At Pittsburgh, he proved himself to be a productive pass rusher with variety and a strong motor. As purely a pass rusher, he ranks among this class’ best prospects. He may lack base strength to be an effective run stopper as a down lineman. Though many project him later, he may be drafted as high as the late first and should not get out of the second round.

 

Run Stopping

Playing the run is not a strong point in Jabaal Sheard’s game. He lacks anchor strength in the lower body (read more…)

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