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Team: Alabama Crimson Tide
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 296

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NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah believes Alabama C Ryan Kelly is an all-pro talent and one of the best interior offensive linemen in the last five years.
The compliments do not get any higher. The interior class of the last five years includes Chance Warmack, David DeCastro, Brandon Scherff and Zack Martin, solely based on pre-draft opinion. It will be interesting to see how Kelly tests and measures at the Combine. He declined a Senior Bowl invitation. Kelly took over the anchor spot left by Barrett Jones in 2013 and started ever since. Feb 10 - 9:47 AM

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Alabama redshirt senior C Ryan Kelly turned down his Senior Bowl invitation.

"I think with Ryan, 15 games in the pivot is a lot of football," executive director Phil Savage said. "I feel like with him he wanted to focus on his training for the (National Scouting) Combine, and that's a whole different deal than playing football. He's got a lot of tape out there." Some feel that Kelly is the top center in a deep pool, with a few top-50 projections out there. Some Alabama players are headed to the all star event despite their stretched season, others obviously decided against it.
Jan 21 - 9:17 AM

Alabama redshirt senior C Ryan Kelly said, "it is unbelievable going against those guys [on the defensive line] every day."

Kelly knows what he's talking about, too, as he picked up the Rimington Trophy and Jacobs Blocking Trophy for his work on the line. It's no surprise that facing off with the likes of A'Shawn Robinson and Jarran Reed would instill a stomach of steel, but Kelly took it one further than just "tough practices." Said the 6-foot-5, 296-pound stalwart, "It almost makes playing the games a little bit easier because of the looks they give us and how they play so well."
Jan 10 - 6:03 PM

Alabama redshirt senior C Ryan Kelly was named the SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year and also won the Jacobs Blocking Trophy.

The Crimson Tide prospect has definitely earned his share of awards this season, winning the Rimington Trophy (top center) Jacobs Blocking Trophy (top blocker) and the SEC Scholar-Athlete of the Year (has undergrad and graduate degrees in marketing). Kelly has been the anchor of Alabama's line with an impressive 34 career starts under his belt, committing only one penalty with zero holding calls on the season.
Wed, Dec 16, 2015 03:29:00 PM

Alabama redshirt senior C Ryan Kelly won the Rimington Trophy (top center).

Kelly elbowed out Michigan State's Jack Allen and Iowa's Austin Blythe for the hardware. The 6-foot-5, 296-pound redshirt senior didn't give up a sack all year and had an 88.4 percent grade this season. "Ryan deserved it," Derrick Henry said. "He's a great leader and the heart and soul of the offense. I'm excited to see him get an award."
Sat, Dec 12, 2015 05:36:00 PM

Alabama redshirt senior C Ryan Kelly will play against Tennessee.

Kelly returned to practice on Tuesday after suffering a concussion. The center is the anchor of Alabama's offensive line and is a critical piece in both the passing and running games. Tennessee has a number of quality defensive players up front.
Sat, Oct 24, 2015 01:47:00 PM

Alabama redshirt senior C Ryan Kelly (concussion) returned to practice on Tuesday.

He was held out Monday. Though Kelly was able to go through footwork drills and snap the ball, he didn't participate in blocking or contact drills. The 6-foot-5, 296-pound redshirt senior left the first half of Saturday's win over Texas A&M with the head injury.
Source: 247 Sports
Tue, Oct 20, 2015 07:45:00 PM

Alabama redshirt senior C Ryan Kelly is a "smart, tough prospect with starting potential in the proper system," TFY Draft Insider Tony Pauline observes.

"Entering the season most scouts graded Kelly as the second best center prospect from the senior class and he’s proved them right. Considered a middle round selection, he’s an efficient, intelligent blocker on the pivot that consistently opens holes or seals the running lane for star ball carrier Derrick Henry," Pauline wrote. The three-year starter at center for the Crimson Tide is a leading candidate for the Rimington Trophy, given to CFB's top center.
Tue, Oct 20, 2015 03:56:00 PM

Alabama redshirt senior C Ryan Kelly (concussion) wore a black jersey in Monday's practice.

Kelly watched drills, but didn't participate. He left the first half of Saturday's win over Texas A&M after feeling out of sorts. The 6-foot-5, 296-pound redshirt senior's currently going through concussion protocol. Once he passes that, he'll be allowed to resume normal football activities. HC Nick Saban indicated that Kelly should return to action soon enough, noting that the team "feel[s] like he'll be OK. It's not that bad right now so we feel like he'll be OK in a few days but medical staff has to make that decision."
Mon, Oct 19, 2015 08:44:00 PM

Alabama redshirt senior C Ryan Kelly's "versatility will win over NFL scouts over the course of the year," writes NFL Media draft analyst Chad Reuter.

"Kelly had big shoes to fill when he took over for Rimington Trophy winner Barrett Jones in 2013, but he's handled the pressure quite well," Reuter wrote. "He can anchor against strong tackles on the line but also reach second-level defenders to neutralize them. Kelly's really impressive when getting his body around to seal an inside lane." The 6-foot-5, 296-pound Kelly was an honorable mention All-SEC pick and the team's Offensive Player of the Week twice last year.
Mon, Aug 24, 2015 08:36:00 PM

Alabama redshirt senior C Ryan Kelly "has developed nicely since facing the tall task of replacing Rimington and Outland Trophy winner Barrett Jones," notes Sports on Earth's Matt Brown.

He's entering his third season as starter. "Kelly, a 6-foot-5, 297-pound senior, has 21 starts under his belt, making him the veteran of a unit that returns just two starters," Brown wrote. "While not overpowering, Kelly is a technically sound, smart blocker who will provide much-needed continuity for an offense that's otherwise in flux entering 2015." The scribe grades Kelly as the No. 17 offensive lineman in the country.
Thu, Jul 16, 2015 10:22:00 PM

Alabama HC Nick Saban stated that redshirt junior C Ryan Kelly will be back this week against Tennessee.

The 6-foot-5, 296-pound Kelly happened to dress for Alabama last week, in their win against Texas A & M, but did not play. Kelly missed the last two starts with a minor knee injury after exiting the game against Ole Miss.
Mon, Oct 20, 2014 02:08:00 PM

Alabama redshirt junior C Ryan Kelly is doubtful for Saturday's game against Texas A&M with an ankle injury.

Kelly exited the game against Ole Miss and has been limited since. The team moves from a veteran center to a redshirt freshman in Bradley Bozeman. After starting the season well on defense, A&M has backtracked in the last few weeks. Alabama's offense has done the same, however.
Thu, Oct 16, 2014 10:43:00 AM

Alabama redshirt junior C Ryan Kelly will miss a few weeks due to a sprained ankle.

Crimson Tide coach Nick Saban announced the news two days after Kelly exited Alabama's loss to Ole Miss in the fourth quarter. The preseason Rimington candidate is likely to be replaced in the starting lineup by backup Bradley Bozeman. CBS Sports' Rob Rang wrote in August that Kelly has the combination of "quickness, power and balance" necessary to play in the NFL.
Mon, Oct 6, 2014 05:00:00 PM

Alabama redshirt junior C Ryan Kelly exited Saturday's game against Ole Miss with an unknown injury.

Kelly's backup Bradley Bozeman may have been the cause of a false start penalty early in the fourth quarter when Blake Sims was screaming and jumping for a snap that never came. CBS Sports' Rob Rang wrote in August that Kelly has the combination of "quickness, power and balance" necessary to play in the NFL. We'll update you on the Rimington candidate's status when the team passes along an update.
Sat, Oct 4, 2014 06:28:00 PM