Ryan Van Demark

Ryan Van Demark

Measurements
  • Height
    6064
  • Hand
  • VJ
    30 1/2
  • Weight
    307lbs
  • Arm
    35 3/4
  • Speed
    5.18
OT Combine Averages
  • Height
    6052
  • Hand
    10
  • VJ
    27 2/3
  • Weight
    313lbs
  • Arm
    34
  • Speed
    5.25
David Michels - Scout
Ryan Van Demark
  • Overall Rank
    276
  • Position Rank
    31
  • Position
    OT
  • Team
    CONNECTICUT

Stats

Year Starts Games Sacks Allowed Hits Allowed Pressures Pressure %
2017 9 12 8 7 33 7.4%
2018 12 12 2 5 27 6.3
2019 12 12 4 2 30 6.3
2021 10 10 6 8 26 5.9

Build

Does he have prototype size? What is body type? What is growth potential?

Van Demark has adequate HT and limited WT for the tackle position. Some of his physical and technical deficiencies are aided by his above average wingspan. Both upper and lower extremities are muscular with little-to-no definition but with minimal fat. Ankles are on the thinner side. Carries his WT well in his midsection and is relatively lean. Added over 40 pounds in WT from 2017 to 2020. Still has room to grow and should be able to add additional muscle mass to his frame.

  • Size
    5
  • Length
    7
  • Frame/Durability
    6
Grade 6.0

Mental

Is he instinctual? Does he play with urgency?

He is an average cerebral player that gives you effort every play. Shows patience in his pass sets and takes decent angles to the second level. Appears to have a habit of being late off of the snap; whether that's an auditory or reactionary issue, is unknown. Not a player who is looking to drive someone into the dirt (or necessarily physically capable of it).

  • Toughness
    4
  • Instincts
    5
  • Effort/Motor
    6
Grade 5.0

Athleticism

Does he have the athletic traits you want?

Overall, he is an average athlete at the tackle position. Above the line upper extremity strength is evident -- 24 reps for bench press at pro day. Core and hip strength are limited and need work. Shows an ability to maintain body control even when he's beaten and out of position. Would like to see a more explosive kick step that covers more ground in pass sets. Runs with adequate quickness to move laterally and navigate down and second-level blocks. Tends to have a false step/movement out of his stance, which influences his ability to beat the defender at the POA.

  • Explosiveness
    4
  • Speed
    5
  • Body Control
    5
  • Flexibility/Bend
    4
  • Change of Direction
    4
  • Play Strength
    5
Grade 4.5

Technical

Does he have a refined skill set? Is he a projection or is his game developed enough to contribute early?

He is an average run blocker and limited in the pass game. Does well stifling opponents when he gets his hands inside and extends his arms, however placement needs improvement -- often drops his hands to load a punch before contact, decreasing his accuracy and ability to latch on. Gets caught hopping when setting back into his anchor, rather than independently moving his feet into the anchor point. Feet elevate too high off the ground in his pass set, leaving him susceptible to power rush moves. Runs somewhat high to his assignments, which forces him to dip back down into his opponent and lose momentum.

  • Run Block
    5
  • Pass Block
    4
  • Strike/Punch
    3
  • Disposition
    4
  • Second Level Ability
    5
  • Pull/Trap Ability
    5
  • Footwork
    3
  • Anchor
    3
Grade 4.0

Grading Scale

  • 10
    Rare
  • 9
    Elite
  • 8
    Outstanding
  • 7
    Above the Line
  • 6
    Adequate
  • 5
    Average
  • 4
    Limited
  • 3
    Poor
  • 2
    Deficient
  • 1
    Reject

Summary

What role does he play? What is his initial projection?
Ryan Van Demark is 4 year starter for the University of Connecticut, starting 43 of his 46 total games played. While he started his entire freshman year at RT, he finished his final 3 years on the left side. Did not play in 2020 due to COVID cancelling UConn's season. Was a two-star recruit out of high school, ranking as the 362nd OT and 3150th OVR prospect by 247Sports. A team captain his senior year, he is a player who has shown consistent growth with every season for the Huskies. While he now possesses NFL size, he will certainly need to get stronger in his lower body and become more technically sound to keep himself on an NFL roster. One of the biggest concerns for Van Demark is his inability to dominate the level of competition that he faced in college, as he didn't particularly flash too often on tape. All things considered, Ryan Van Demark should find his way as a developmental backup tackle in a zone scheme and is worthy of a late-round pick.

Film Watched

  • iconBest Game
  • AT Fresno St.
  • Aug - 28 - 2021
  • 0x Total Pressures, Strong upper body on display
  • iconWorst Game
  • AT Clemson
  • Nov - 13 - 2021
  • 2x Sacks, 1x Hit, 1x Hurry, 4x Total Pressures
Best Trait
Arm Length
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