The Giants continue to fortify their defense in the 2019 NFL Draft, with Wisconsin ILB Ryan Connelly going No. 143 overall in the fifth round to Big Blue.
Connelly played four years for the Badgers, and they saw improvement from the linebacker in each season. Last year, Connelly produced 89 combined tackles, 10 for loss, three sacks, and one forced fumble.
At 6-foot-2, 242 pounds, Connelly is a grinder on and off the field — a main reason why he rose up the depth chart over his college career. While he doesn’t have the best physical attributes, he has good technique at the position and never gives up on a play with his high motor.
So what else is there to know about the Giants’ newest linebacker?
- At the Combine, Connelly ran a decent 4.66 40-yard dash and had a 34.5 vertical jump.
- Connelly’s best season was in 2017 as a junior, where he was an All-Big Ten Honorable Mention after totaling 88 combined tackles, 11 for loss, three sacks, one interception, and one forced fumble
- Connelly actually walked on to Wisconsin as a freshman, so that progression from walk-on to consistent starter is a great quality to have coming to the Giants
- Connelly isn’t the only one in his family that plays professional sports. His cousin is Islanders C Anders Lee.
– Anders Lee (@leeberr09) April 27, 2019