GREEN BAY, Wis. — It took until the fourth round, but the Packers have drafted an inside linebacker. With the No. 129 overall pick, Green Bay selected Michigan’s Jake Ryan.
Ryan, who measured 6-foot-2 3/8 and 240 pounds at the Scouting Combine, switched to middle linebacker as a senior. The new position worked out well for Ryan, who had a career-high 112 tackles, 14 tackles for loss, two sacks, two forced fumbles and one interception. Ryan was also a two-year team captain at Michigan.
Though some teams might have considered him as an outside linebacker, Packers director of player personnel Eliot Wolf confirmed they see Ryan as an inside linebacker.
However, Wolf said, "I wouldn’t say we need (Ryan) to play right away."
Given Green Bay’s need for an inside linebacker, Wolf noted how general manager Ted Thompson said "maybe they’ll get off my back now" in the draft room after making the pick. Though, as expected, Wolf said that had no bearing on the selection.