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Ryan Pope Has Comps With Some of the Best In the Game

Yet Another Potential Swing Tackle

NCAA Football: UNLV at San Diego State Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Ryan Pope, OT
School: San Diego State | Conference: Mountain West
College Experience: Senior | Age: 22
Height / Weight: 6-7 / 320 lbs
Projected Draft Status: 7th Round or UDFA
NFL Comparison: Corey Robinson

College Statistics

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Player Overview

Originally from Long Beach, CA, Ryan Pope spent a year at Long Beach City College before transferring to San Diego State and red-shirting for a year. During his junior and senior seasons, he started 24 games, and played both left and right tackle during his senior year. His senior year was sufficiently accomplished that he was named Second Team All Mountain West in 2018. His athleticism comps are impressive - approximating guys like Ryan Ramczyk (first round pick), Andrus Peat (first round pick), Orlando Franklin (second round pick), and Mike Adams (second round pick) - but the concern is that his technique and the application of his strength aren’t producing a on-the-field product that matches. To top it all off, Pope was manhandled by Jordan Brailford in the Shrine Game, surrendering a sack, and likely hampering his draft stock.

Strengths

  • Played both right and left tackle
  • Great athleticism
  • Nasty
  • Run blocking
  • Size

Weaknesses

  • Needs to get stronger
  • Footwork
  • Pass blocking

Let’s see his work

How He Would Fit On The Redskins

Pope was a medalist at the Underwear Olympics, but there appears to be a significant gap between his potential and his reality. If there wasn’t, however, he would likely be a first or second rounder. So, if scouting staff and Bill Callahan see an opportunity to successfully mold a guy like Pope, he could potentially be a late round or UDFA steal. Pope’s versatility at the line is reminiscent of Geron Christian’s, and if the coaching staff are confident that Christian is making the necessary strides, a player like Pope may be superfluous. On the other hand, Pope’s athleticism may be sufficiently attractive that he could be brought into camp to compete for the swing tackle role outright.

Poll

Would you use a late round pick on Pope, or try to snag him as an UDFA?

This poll is closed

  • 18%
    I would be comfortable with a 6th rounder.
    (54 votes)
  • 45%
    He’d be a value in the 7th round.
    (134 votes)
  • 31%
    I’d target him as an UDFA
    (92 votes)
  • 4%
    I’m not interested.
    (13 votes)
293 votes total Vote Now