The 2022 NFL Draft Profile series continues with the first-ever prospect from Colorado State University, offensive lineman Ryan Stonehouse. Considered one of the best college football linemen in the nation, Stonehouse has been widely expected to be selected early in the 2022 NFL Draft, perhaps as high as #1 overall.
- Name: Ryan Stonehouse
- Age: 20
- Height: 6’2
- Weight: 235 lbs
He Is Born and raised in Denver, CO, Ryan attended East High School in Denver where he was an All-State linebacker and a three-star recruit. He decided to commit to University of Minnesota after a successful senior season that saw him rack up 93 tackles and 7 sacks on defense while also scoring 9 rushing touchdowns on offense as a fullback.
- Round: 6-7
- Team: Cleveland Browns
Following a phenomenal sophomore season in which he was named a consensus first team All-American and finished fifth in Heisman voting, Stonehouse has had an up and down junior year for CSU. In eight games before his season ending injury he threw for 2128 yards with 15 touchdowns and 10 interceptions.
He also ran for 512 yards with three touchdowns. His accuracy has been slightly off from last year and at times has hurt his team with careless interceptions but still possesses good potential as a pro prospect if he can improve his performance heading into his senior year.
Previous college status
In two seasons as CSU’s starting punter, Stonehouse put up an average of 42.2 yards per punt. In his junior season, he had 40 kicks that went for a total of 1,450 yards with an average of 44.7 yards per kick. Additionally, he has kicked 10 punts over 50 yards in his college career and downed 12 punts inside 20-yard line in 26 opportunities last year.
The 6-foot-5, 310-pound Stonehouse projects as a prototypical pass-blocking specialist for an NFL team looking to develop a versatile lineman. While his lateral agility will need work at first, he has excellent footwork and potential in both pass protection and run blocking. He’s projected to go somewhere around No. 30 overall in the first round of next year’s draft.
As a sophomore, Stonehouse saw sporadic playing time at safety. He did not accumulate any stats in his limited action on defense or special teams. Over 75% of collegiate prospects who play sporadically during their freshman and sophomore seasons go undrafted.
That statistic does not bode well for Ryan Stonehouse’s chances of being drafted as a junior. However, it would be foolish to count him out just yet, especially with a year’s worth of experience under his belt heading into 2018.