- Mike Reiss, ESPN Staff Writer
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When Atlanta Falcons general manager Thomas Dimitroff touched on scouting at the NFL combine, he noted the value of experience. Specifically, Dimitroff spoke about how a veteran scout can effectively compare a prospect to a pool of past players who had a similar skill set.
With this in mind, we decided to put our own one-year twist on it by looking at last year's Patriots draft picks and matching their combine/pro day results with those from this year's class to see who might be a comparable prospect.
Obviously, combine-type testing is only a small part of the story, which is important context.
Today's focus is on cornerback Logan Ryan (third round, 83rd overall), who previously made the point that his pre-draft training was geared toward playing in the NFL, not the combine/getting drafted high.
Weight: 191 pounds
Hand measurement: 9 5/8
40-yard dash: 4.56
Vertical jump: 32.5"
3-cone drill: 6.69
Bench press: 14
2014 comparable: Ryan's 6.69 in the 3-cone drill rated among the top of 2013 defensive backs, and it would have been one of the best times this year as well. Texas Christian's Jason Verrett had the same time this year, and he's viewed as arguably the top slot corner in this year's draft. Verrett's lack of size (5-9, 189) might concern some teams, which wasn't an issue with Ryan, who was viewed as one of the sturdier, best tackling cornerbacks in last year's draft. Verrett's 4.38 in the 40 also helps separate him from a speed perspective. Ryan was viewed by some teams as more of a corner-safety type, so from a pure testing standpoint, a combination of Verrett and Georgia Tech safety Jemea Thomas comes to mind as a comparable.
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