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A detailed look at every player drafted with Rob Ryan as a DC (Part II) (Posted on 2/9/13 at 4:41 pm)
2009 Cleveland Browns
2nd Round: David Veikune, OLB, Hawaii
Ryan's first defensive player taken with the Browns did not amount to much in the NFL. He appeared in 10 games as a rookie, then was placed on the injured reserve in 2010. He never recovered and currently plays in the Canadian Football League. More was expected from this heralded linebacker.
4th Round: Kaluka Maiava, LB, USC
Maiva remains with the Browns as a 2nd string and special teams player. He has accumulated 99 tackles and 4.5 sacks in four seasons.
6th Round: Don Carey, DB, Norfolk State
Carey injured his shoulder during training camp in 2009 and was waived without playing a down for the Browns. He was picked up by Jacksonville and has played sparingly with both the Jaguars and Lions, who signed him in 2010. He remains with the Lions, primary as a strong safety and special teams player.
6th Round: Coye Francies, DB, San Jose State
The defensive back was projected as a 3rd or 4th round pick, but slow 40 times at the NFL Combine pushed him back to the 6th round. In his rookie season, he was involved in a locker room fight with a teammate and was waived in 2010. He has bounced around to several teams' practice squads since then, including stints with the Seahawks and Raiders.
2010 Cleveland Browns
1st Round: Joe Haden, CB, Florida
A great rookie season saw Haden intercept six passes, including a four game stretch where he snagged a pick in each game. He had a four game suspension in 2012 for prescription drug abuse, but overall he's been a quality first round pick on an up and coming Cleveland defense.
2nd Round: TJ Ward, S, Oregon
Ward has developed into a nice strong safety. He started in his rookie year and despite injuries in 2011, he responded last season with an interception and three forced fumbles while starting in 14 games.
3rd Round: Larry Asante, S, Nebraska
Asante agreed to terms with the Browns on July 16, 2010 for $1.96M, but was waived just weeks later before the start of the season and placed on the practice squad. He is currently a free agent and seeking an opportunity to make an NFL roster. More was expected from this 3rd rounder.
6th Round: Clifton Geathers, DE, South Carolina
A late round flyer, Geathers has been nothing more than a camp body in the NFL. He has served briefly with the Browns, Dolphins, Seahawks, Cowboys and Colts in the past three seasons.
2011 Dallas Cowboys
2nd Round: Bruce Carter, LB, UNC
Ryan saw just two defensive players drafted by the Cowboys in 2011. Of these two picks, this one is the most intriguing. It's still early, but Carter's injury plagued career has diminished what could be all-pro ability. After tearing his ACL during his last season at UNC, Carter rehabbed successfully and showed flashes of greatness for the Cowboys in 2011 and 2012. However, he ended up back on the injured reserve list at the end of last season with a dislocated left elbow. It remains to be seen how much of a star Carter can blossom into.
5th Round: Josh Thomas, CB, Buffalo
Thomas found himself playing for Carolina soon after being drafted by the Cowboys. Last year he saw significant time on special teams as he played in all 16 games, recording 35 tackles.
2012 Dallas Cowboys
1st Round: Morris Claiborne, CB, LSU
Obviously, it's tough to gauge a player after just one season, but it appears Claiborne is well on his way to proving why he was selected so early. He excelled in man to man coverage and overcame injuries to register a solid first season, intercepting one pass, forcing a fumble and scoring a touchdown while deflecting eight passes.
3rd Round: Tyrone Crawford, DE, Boise State
Crawford spent his rookie season as a situational pass rusher and special teams player, making 20 tackles behind more experienced starters. As with Claiborne, his true impact remains to be seen.
4th Round: Kyle Wilber, OLB, Wake Forest
Wilber has seen even less playing time and had just five tackles in 2012. His future with the organization remains in doubt.
4th Round: Matt Johnson, S, Eastern Washington
The safety from Eastern Washington battled hamstring injuries all year and spent most of the season on the injured reserve. He recorded no statistics for the season.
7th Round: Caleb McSurdy, ILB, Montana
This late round prospect was released before the season started in the preliminary training camp cuts. As of yet, has not been added to an active roster.
This post was edited on 2/9 at 5:04 pm