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Monday, January 24, 2011
Pats & Senior Bowl: Ryan Kerrigan

By Mike Reiss

Every day from Senior Bowl practices this week, New England native Steve Muench of ESPN's Scouts Inc. will highlight one player who catches his eye from a Patriots perspective.

From Monday, it's Purdue defensive end/outside linebacker Ryan Kerrigan, who ranks 10th on the Scouts Inc. board:

"He was just under 6-foot-4 and weighed in at 255 pounds. There is definitely room on his frame to add some more weight. He could fit for a 4-3 team as an end or play outside linebacker in a 3-4 scheme and be that pass rusher; for a 3-4 team like the Patriots he could fill a big need.

"Today, he went up against Colorado offensive tackle Nate Solder. Already, Solder is making waves with how well he played and one of the highlights of practice was watching Kerrigan and Solder go at each other. Solder had the edge run-blocking, but what I love about Kerrigan is how he gets after the quarterback. He has a great blend of explosiveness and power. He's so quick. Even though he's 255 pounds, he plays with power to get under a 300- or 315-pound tackle and drive him back. Those two guys were really going at it. It was competitive. One thing you could tell is that Kerrigan really loves playing football."