As we continue to take a look at the 2013 class of UDFA’s, this morning we look at another offensive weapon signed by John Idzik and the New York Jets. The spotlight today is on former Lehigh WR, Ryan Spadola.
Ryan stands at 6’1″, 204 pounds. He ran quite well at the NFL combine, running the 40 yard dash in 4.48 seconds. He also topped the 3-cone drill in 6.72 seconds. There is no questioning the speed on this young man.
Take a look at his career stats from his days at Lehigh:
Here is some video on Ryan. Make sure you watch it all as it is intertwined with interview footage:
PROS: Great hands on this young man, that’s first. There isn’t a lot of video out there on Ryan, but what there is, I like. He is catching everything coming his way. His speed exhibited at the NFL combine is clearly in play in the video as well. Spadola is a good route runner, and he can make the first guy miss in space. We have said it time and time again, YAC is important, especially in a West Coast system. Ryan sells himself to blocking as well, which will make Rex Ryan a happy guy.
CONS: Whenever someone comes from this small of a school, the natural wonder is if they are “NFL-ready”. By no fault of the player, the competition just isn’t the same as if he had played for a larger school. You also wonder how he will look against press coverage. You don’t see a lot during college, and it is a primary technique in the NFL.
The bottom line is that I like what I see with this guy. For a team that lacked weapons last year, Ryan Spadola will have just as good a chance to compete as anyone for a roster spot, and we wish him luck.