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Prospect Profile: Ryan Kelly

Take a look at the tenacious center out of Alabama in action.

*In order to familiarize fans with some of the top names in the 2016 NFL Draft, Chargers.com will be highlighting a different prospect each weekday leading up to the first day of the draft on April 28th. *

We continue the series with a scouting report of Alabama C Ryan Kelly.

Name: Ryan Kelly
School: Alabama
Height: 6-4
Weight: 311 pounds
Position: C
NFL Network Pro Comparison: Bryan Stork

Some notable centers have been drafted in the first round in recent years, including Pro Bowlers Travis Frederick, Mike Pouncey, Maurkice Pouncey, Alex Mack and Eric Wood to name a few.

Ryan Kelly appears primed to be the NFL's next day one center.

A three-year starter for the Crimson Tide, he was named the Rimington Trophy Award winner in 2015 as the nation's top center. He was also a consensus first team All-American and first team All-SEC pick as he did not allow a sack all year while giving up just four hurries.  Kelly missed only eight assignments in 1,012 snaps for a 99.2% success rate with just one penalty. He also paved the way for 10 100-yard rushers in 2015, and 26 total in a career spanning 46 games with 36 starts.

Known for his toughness and grit, Kelly is a 6-4, 311-pound mauler in the middle. A highly regarded leader while at Alabama, scouts note he possesses ideal strength and athleticism for the position. He is also an excellent communicator, which is vital for any center.

While some pundits would like to see him bulk up to reach his full potential, Kelly possesses the traits teams look for in a consistent, long-term center in the NFL.

Combine Metrics
40-Yard Dash:5.03 seconds
Bench Press: 26 reps
Broad Jump: 103.0 inches
3-Cone Drill: 7.58 seconds

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