Offensive linemen are second to skill positions in the praise during hard fought wins. It is no secret why Rhyan hasn’t been in the conversation as much, with the acquisitions of Jarran Reed, Quay Walker, Christian Watson, and Romeo Doubs highlighting a busy Packers offseason. Rhyan has become accustomed to this after playing with Dorian Thompson-Robinson and Zach Charbonnet. Rhyan is a steady anchor while his teammates lit up highlight reels, Rhyan was a steady anchor for their offensive line that saw an average of 215.1 rushing yards per game as well as 36.5 ppg.
What Will Set Sean Rhyan Apart?
The success for Rhyan has been there and he’s been able to command an offensive line that has seen one of the most high scoring and efficient offenses the PAC-12 has seen. The difference between Rhyan and other tackles is found in his physical prowess.
Experts look past Sean Rhyan due to the amazing additions of Quay Walker and Christian Watson. The best part is that he has tools no other player possesses. Standing at 6’4 and 320 pounds with a wingspan of 79″, Sean Rhyan is the definition of physical tools players need to play football. Add on his impressive 35 inch vertical and his 11 inch hands, and you are looking at a peak offensive lineman in the NFL.
Along with his physical measureables, he possesses factors that aren’t measured. As mentioned by Ian Cummings of Pro Football Network, Rhyan accelerates into contact and even when dropping into a pass block he still makes sure the defense feels his presence. Rhyan does exceptionally well at shifting his weight side to side and reaching his top speed so defenders never get past him. His ability isn’t defined by his speed and footwork however, but rather by his raw strength and football IQ. In his film, Rhyan initiates contact and drops defenders regularly. For smaller defenders in particular Rhyan looks to exploit the size and strength differences.
The X-Factor for Sean Rhyan
The best part about Sean Rhyan is his attitude. Linemen become visibly upset when a defender gets past them. The difference for Rhyan is his tenacity during the play. Rhyan does this by initiating contact and driving his opponents backwards. He never tires on the field and is always looking for the next block to make. Rhyan always makes sure he is focusing on where the next play is going to be.
Being a lineman is incredibly difficult because you have one real statistic: Sacks allowed. Sean Rhyan has allowed people to hit his Quarterback in the past. But, he wouldn’t be selected to protect Aaron Rodgers if this is a major issue. Rhyan is constantly looking for the next play. He extends the play by looking ahead.
As difficult as it can be to play offensive line in the NFL, Sean Rhyan has the physical and mental tools to succeed.
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