2022 NFL Draft preview: UCLA football offensive lineman Sean Rhyan

The NFL Draft takes place in Las Vegas this weekend and a handful of Bruins are about to hear their names called.

While there are no first-round picks slated for UCLA football this year, there are 14 players waiting in the pool. The Bruins have had six players selected in the last three NFL Drafts combined, and they could see that many go away in 2022 alone.

All of the Bruins break down scouting reports, stats and predictions for the biggest names who could go the highest, with offensive lineman Sean Rhyan next on the list.

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Statistics

2019: 12 GP, 869 snaps, 6 QBH allowed, 1 sack allowed (USA Today/The Athletic/PFF Freshman All-American)

2020: 7 GP, 536 snaps, 3 QBH allowed, 0 sacks allowed

2021: 12 GP, 862 snaps, 3 QBH allowed, 1 sack allowed (All-Pac-12 First Team)

Measurements

Height: 6 feet 5 inches

Weight: 321 pounds

Arm: 32 3/8 inches

Needles: 11 1/8 inches

40-yard dash: 5.25 seconds

Bench press: N/A

Vertical jump: 33.5 inches

Long jump: 110 inches

3-taper drill: 7.55 seconds

20-yard shuttle: 4.81 seconds

What the experts say

Dane Brugler, The Athletic: “Overall, Rhyan is strong and balanced in both the running game and the passing game, but he needs to play with faster hands/feet and more efficient weight distribution for him to achieve that. He does his best in short zones, projecting himself as a guard with NFL starter potential in a power or zone scheme.

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Lance Zierlien, NFL.com: “Starting as a three with the potential to offer team options at tackle or guard. Rhyan has a good size and plays with quite explosive short area movements, helping him establish early success in crises It’s basically solid as a race blocker, but the fear of being beaten by speed could play a role in passing issues and giving too much pressure from moves and interior counters. use of the hand, leans and built to move to guard combined with the flexibility of the two-position roster should add to his draft position and improve his chances of becoming an eventual starter.”

Cory McCann Ezring, Sports Illustrated: “An NFL-ready prospect whose athleticism and technique should allow him to find the court early, Rhyan has first-round potential. That said, the gifted tackle needs to address some issues in his game. Rhyan is expected to start early in the season. the league and has a high-level potential to start.”

Tony Pauline, professional football network: “Rhyan came on the scene as a rookie and showed promise, but he never upped his game. He has an edge and seems like a good candidate in a zone blocking system despite his athletic performance. I’d like to see Rhyan improve his strength up front and feel like he’s a solid development prospect who should be drafted in the later rounds.”

Brandon Thorn, Laundress Report: “Overall, Rhyan is a top developmental prospect with a diverse athletic background and the build and playing strength of a potential role player at guard in the NFL. He will need to move inside as a pro and honing his technique there to help mitigate his below-average athletic ability and length to stay on a long-term roster.”

Natalie Miller, USA Today: “Rhyan is an experienced offensive lineman who excels at running adjustments and short area bursts who could be an ideal starting keeper in an area blocking scheme, or as a right tackle in a heavy attack. Rhyan’s at tackle and his multi-position flexibility will help his draft stock and give teams a reason to pursue him as a possible starter in multiple schemes No matter where he lines up, Rhyan should leave the roster the next day 2.”

Rankings

Athleticism : JO 7, No. 94 overall

Sports Illustrated: LT 10, #72 overall

CBS Sports: OL 19, n°87 overall

Sports News: OL 14, n°77 overall

Launderer report: IOL 20, No. 169 overall

Prediction

Size and weight wise – and looking at his overall consistency and production at Westwood – Rhyan is a pure left tackle. His less-than-ideal wingspan has some scouts questioning his next-level positional fit, leading many to believe he’s better off inside the NFL.

As a result, Rhyan’s ranking is going to vary from team to team, as one team may have him as a guard, another as a tackle, and another as a hybrid, likely with a lack of consensus even among organizations. who agree on his position. What Rhyan has going for him is his solid pass protection fundamentals, his key status in UCLA’s high-powered running offense over the past three years, and the fact that he doesn’t hasn’t missed a single start in his 31-game college career.

The Los Angeles Chargers are a team that could use a right tackle and a right guard, with Storm Norton and Brenden Jaimes currently holding those starting spots. If the Chargers don’t meet those needs at No. 17 overall, they could use their third round to pick up someone like Rhyan who could slip into either position.

Rhyan could be a first-day starter for the New England Patriots, who currently have career practice squad player James Ferentz in line to be their No. 1 left guard after trading Shaq Mason to the Buccaneers from Tampa Bay earlier in the offseason. Tackles Trent Brown and Isaiah Wynn are both injury-prone with limited saves, so Rhyan could also be in form in the third round.

The Las Vegas Raiders could pick up Rhyan at No. 86, and they surely wouldn’t pass the Bruin if he’s on the board while on the clock in the fourth. If Rhyan were to go to Sin City, he would suddenly be part of the same offensive line that already has former UCLA stars Kolton Miller and Andre James at left tackle and center, respectively.

But staying home in Los Angeles would be a win-win situation for the Chargers and Rhyan, who could return to blocking for Joshua Kelley and another former Pac-12 standout in Justin Herbert.

Sean Rhyan: Los Angeles Chargers, 79th overall (3rd round)

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