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Rookie refresher: Logan Ryan

07.19.13 at 8:19 pm ET
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In the days leading up to training camp, WEEI.com will reopen the book on the team’s 2013 draft class. The Pats, who traded their first-round pick to the Vikings, brought in seven players via the draft.

Logan Ryan

Cornerback, Rutgers

Drafted: Third round (83rd overall)
Height/weight: 5-foot-11 1/8, 191 pounds

Why they drafted him: Because he’s a cornerback and because he went to Rutgers, probably. Ryan’s selection marked the first of three Rutgers defenders the Pats drafted in April (with Duron Harmon and Steve Beauharnais the other two), and considering Beauharnais was a seventh-round pick and Harmon was considered by many to be perhaps the biggest reach of the entire draft, Ryan is clearly the biggest name of the three.

Bill Belichick obviously likes Rutgers and players who spent time with Greg Schiano, and Ryan says he learned a lot from 2010 Patriots first-round pick Devin McCourty. Ryan is a very physical player, but his athleticism doesn’t jump off the charts.

What to expect from him as a rookie: It would appear that with Aqib Talib back, Alfonzo Dennard reportedly unlikely to be released for his DUI and Kyle Arrington holding it down at nickel, major playing time as a corner right out the gate is unlikely for Ryan. However, when you look at the fact that Talib is on a one-year deal and both he and Dennard will forever be question marks given their off-field issues, it becomes clear that the Pats are looking for both a high-impact and higher character longterm solution at corner. When you look at how little oft-injured 2011 second-round pick Ras-I Dowling has seen the field in his time in the NFL, Ryan figures to be the closest thing they have to a starting corner of the future.

Until his time as a starter comes, Ryan can at the very least contribute on special teams, where he was an impact player at Rutgers. Don’t expect to see him serve as a return man, but guys like Larry Izzo and Matthew Slater have shown around these parts that you don’t need to be a return kicks and punts to make a difference on special teams.

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