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PFF scouting report: Ryan Glasgow, DI, Michigan

By PFF Analysis Team
Mar 10, 2017
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Michigan defensive lineman Ryan Glasgow walks on the field in the first half of an NCAA college football game against Maryland, Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015, in College Park, Md. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Name: Ryan Glasgow

School: Michigan

Position: Nose tackle (0/1 technique)

Stats to know: Ranked second in pass-rush productivity among interior defensive linemen with 37 total pressures.

What he does best:

  • Excellent awareness, locates ball carriers consistently and recognizes passing lanes to deflect passes.
  • Exceptional instincts, senses offensive influence countering traps and screens effectively.
  • Power to disengage with active hands. Rarely blocked cleanly.
  • Impressive first step, fires off the ball from both a 3- and 4-point stance.
  • Good anchor, sinks his hips to negate vertical movement vs. double teams.
  • High motor, chases everything and works to whistle as a pass-rusher.
  • Displays excellent hand placement and variety rushing the passer, forces offensive lineman to overextend with the arm over and club moves in particular.
  • Nightmare to block on the backside of zone.
  • Length (32 ¾-inch arms) makes it tough on offensive lineman to reach his frame.

Biggest concern:

  • Unable to consistently redirect in the backfield to track down elusive ball carriers.
  • Vulnerable to cut blocks because of his emphasis on delivering the initial strike.
  • Frequently loses his balance moving laterally vs run, struggles to narrow lanes on the front side of outside zone.
  • Despite impressive strength, only rarely utilizes the bull rush, lacks conviction when employing power moves.

Player comparison: Jay Ratliff

Glasgow has the size, strength, and athleticism to line up anywhere between the tackles and still provide some pass rush. Ratliff won through the edge of offensive linemen consistently much like Glasgow.

Bottom line: Glasgow is an atypical nose tackle in some respects. He possesses the lateral agility to make fools of interior offensive lineman as a pass-rusher, but appears reluctant to collapse the pocket using his evident power. His strength does prove an asset against the run, where he displays classic stack and shed technique, but there remain a couple vulnerabilities within his skillset. Regardless, Glasgow was incredibly productive as a senior, and represents a safe option for an NFL defensive line rotation.

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