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Eden Prairie native Ryan Connelly excited for NFL Draft, opportunity ahead

April 23, 2019 02:06 PM

Former Eden Prairie high school quarterback and Badgers linebacker Ryan Connelly should hear his name called during this weekend's NFL Draft.

Connelly, a former walk-on, converted to linebacker shortly after his high school career ended. He helped lead the Eagles to three 6A state championships.

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While at Wisconsin, he first saw the field in 2016, and ran with his opportunity. He was 3rd-team All-Big Ten last season, tallying 89-tackles in 12-starts. He performed at the high level while playing the full season with a sports hernia injury. He underwent surgery in mid-December to get right, and is now feeling great.

KSTP Sports' Darren 'Doogie' Wolfson caught up with Connelly on Tuesday afternoon.

***Click on the video box on this page to watch an interview with Connelly and to see him in action***

Connelly, while not 100-percent in late February at the Draft Combine, still finished top 10-15 among linebackers in all categories. He also reportedly earned a score of 33 on the Wonderlic test, the highest among linebackers.

Connelly prepared for the Combine in Florida at EXOS Training. He took pre-draft visits to the Vikings, Packers, and Jets facilities.

Connelly can play either outside linebacker position, and offers special teams versatility, as well.

Along with former Gopher Blake Cashman, Eden Prairie should have two former linebackers selected this weekend.

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