Meet Your Newest Cowboys: Ryan Russell

Name: Ryan Russell

Position: Defensive End

College: Purdue

Height/Weight: 6-4 / 269

Draft Position: 5th round, 163rd pick overall


Draft Profile



Looks the part. Long-armed with angular body. Takes wide, quick steps and can be difficult for tackles to handle when stunting. Quick feet with long steps to close on quarterback quickly in “T/E” twists. Flexible upper body. Very good change of direction to harass boot-action pass plays. Flashes a quick first step. Has adequate power at the point of attack. Still very raw with traits to potentially mold.


Plays with a narrow base and loses balance. Has traits to get into linemen first, but doesn’t bring anything in his hands to jar them. Raw pass rusher. Doesn’t seem to have a plan and loses interest when stymied. Completely dominated by Wisconsin right tackle Rob Havenstein. Evaluators have expressed concern about competitive toughness. Content to stay blocked and doesn’t fight to improve position. Out of position to finish tackles and misses more than he should.




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