Chat with former BC QB Matt Ryan
In his senior season, Ryan had a career year, skyrocketing him up the ranks in the draft. Ryan finished third in the country in 2008 in passing yards with 4,507. He also finished tied for 10th in the country with 31 TD passes. He is the No. 1 rated QB and the No. 5 player overall, according to Scouts Inc.
According to Ryan's Scouts Inc.'s draft profile, Ryan "has the best combination of intelligence, leadership, size, accuracy, arm strength and competitiveness in this year's quarterback class. Hence, Ryan earns our highest grade at the position and one of the highest grades in the entire 2008 class."
Send in your questions now, then join Ryan on Monday at 12:30 p.m. ET!
Buzzmaster (12:29 PM)
Matt Ryan will be here to chat in just a few minutes!
Kevin (Boston, MA)
Matt, First off I hope you get to enjoy what must be an exciting time. How did you prepare for the endless interviews with teams coaches, player personnel? Did you talk to other recent draft picks, get coached by your agent? Thanks, and best of luck.
Matt Ryan (12:31 PM)
Most of the advice from my agent has been just to be myself in these interviews. Really the preparation has been over the past five years. Putting my work in during the games, that's what the GMs want to see. At this point, I've been trying to be myself and be honest and communicate best I can with the people making the decisions.
Hi Matt. What current NFL QB's playing style and approach is closest to yours?
Matt Ryan (12:32 PM)
I think having been in Boston for the past five years, I've been able to watch how Tom Brady has approached the game. I'm not comparing myself to him, but I've been able to see how he prepares for games and that's something I try to emulate.
Jordan (Slinger, WI)
How are you doing on your bracket?
Matt Ryan (12:33 PM)
Oh man, not very well. I've got UNC winning it all, so I'm still alive. I have Kansas in my Final Four. But that's it. I've been struggling a bit.
Matt, the only thing that people have held against you going into this draft are the int's you threw your senior year. We've heard all the experts on their opinions why or why not, so what is your response to them?
Matt Ryan (12:35 PM)
The thing about INTs is as a QB if you throw an INT you put your team at a disadvantage. Our philosophy this year was to be aggressive. We did what we needed to do to win games and we won 11 this year. But it's certainly something I need to work on, but I don't want to lose the aggressive approach to throw the ball in there and make a play.
Kevin (Boston, MA)
Matt, when meeting with GM's and coaches will they bring up specific plays and ask what your thought process was on why you chose what you did?
Matt Ryan (12:36 PM)
There is different things that we talk about. It depends on the teams. But there have been specific times where they bring up a play or a specific series. They know. They've done their homework and they want to see if you can explain your reasoning.
Matt, Who was your fav. nfl player and team growing up? good luck in the nfl
Matt Ryan (12:37 PM)
My favorite NFL team was the Eagles. I grew up just outside of Philly. My favorite player growing up was Brett Favre.
Matt, if you're chosen #1 overall, who will you seek advice from about how to handle all the expectations that come with being chosen first?
Matt Ryan (12:38 PM)
It's something I haven't given a lot of thought to at this point. But I think that would make sense. You want to talk about the expectations and everything that comes along with it.
Shane (Houston, TX)
Matt- You're a class act and I appreciate all you've done for our alma mater the last three years. I watched another talented prospect, David Carr, come into the league and get pounded right away, which had lasting effects on his ability to stand in the pocket. Would you prefer to come in and start right away or would you prefer to wait a year and let the game slow down a bit?
Matt Ryan (12:40 PM)
I think there is no right or wrong way for a QB to come in and be successful because guys have come in and done it both ways. Guys like Manning have come in and played right away. And there are guys that have come in and waited before playing and done well. For me, if a team puts the confidence in me to draft me, I want to come in and compete and try to play. I want to play right away. I'll do whatever the teams wants.
Peter (Wabishaw, Wisconsin)
Hey Matt! Do you think playing your home games in a cold-weather climate throughout college makes you any better prepared for eventual visits to places like Lambeau in the late season and/or playoffs?
Matt Ryan (12:41 PM)
No question about it. When you play in a city and a school, you have to be ready to play in those type of conditions, because it's different. I had that experience at BC that we played in those conditions. You'll experience that in the NFL. You have to be prepared to play in those conditions because how late you play in the year.
Bruce, (Los Angeles,CA)
As an NFL prospect, do you get caught up reading and browsing the dozens on mock drafts online to see where you are? Or do you try to stay away from all the speculation and press about you?
Matt Ryan (12:42 PM)
I think you try to stay away from it as much as you can. At this point you don't know what will happen. But it's tough, because I follow sports and I watch SportsCenter and all that. But I try to stay away from it for the most part.
Pete ( Canada )
Matt...What defense you have faced, or are going to face, scares you the most?
Matt Ryan (12:43 PM)
That's a tough question. In the NFL, I am not sure. I haven't watched enough tape and seen what guys can do. But in college, the guys we faced that were the toughest on a continuous basis was Virginia Tech. I am glad my games against them are finished.
David (Chestnut Hill)
Hey Matty Heisman, BC Grad here. I am wondering if what you thought about your educational experience at BC. Do you think BC should get more credit for still having competitive D1 teams in all sports while not sacraficing educational standards for better athletes?
Matt Ryan (12:44 PM)
I feel fortunate to have gradutated from BC. It is a great school. You receive a great education. I think the academic standards at BC are high as are the athletic standards. I think it's something they shouldn't compromise. I know that BC is an unbelievable place to go to school and I am thankful for the opportunity to go to school there.
Will you be attending the NFL draft?
Matt Ryan (12:45 PM)
I will. I've been invited. I'm going to be down in New York for the draft.
Pete, Colorado Springs
Matt, what are some things that you've done different in your routine to prepare yourself for the draft and for the upcoming NFL season?
Matt Ryan (12:46 PM)
I think there was some preparation prior to the combine for the specific sprint work. When you're preparing for the season, you're not as worried about the things about your sprints. At this point, my preparation is working to get ready for mini camp. So whoever gets me is getting a player that's well prepared and in shape for next year.
Matt, the story about you and your brother in Sports Illustrated was great. How is your borther doing and what has he taught you that has helped you the most in being successful?
Matt Ryan (12:47 PM)
My brother is doing well, which is great. He is able to do everything that he wants to do and is healing. He hasn't had any surgery lately, which is good. His advice to me is to enjoy everything. You don't know when it will end. Try to make the most of it.
Matt Ryan (12:48 PM)
Thanks for chatting with me today. I appreciate the opportunity to catch up with you guys and I hope I get the chance to do it again.
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