FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- In selecting Rutgers cornerback Logan Ryan with their initial third-round pick (83rd overall), the Patriots add to their depth at a crucial position while also helping out special teams.
As Bill Belichick has said in the past, a team can never have enough cornerbacks and Ryan joins the top trio of Aqib Talib, Alfonzo Dennard and Kyle Arrington on the depth chart. He figures to compete for a No. 4 or 5 role at corner with Ras-I Dowling, Marquice Cole and others, while also potentially factoring in to sub packages (57 percent of the snaps in 2012) at times.
Ryan has good size (5-11, 191) and ball skills as well being viewed as a strong tackler -- characteristics in which the Patriots place a high value.
At this point in the draft, players usually have something that has led them to slip down the board, and Ryan's slower timed speed might be what held him back a bit. But he's a tough-minded football player and Bill Belichick will usually find a place for players like that on the roster, usually starting on special teams.