Summary: Ryan Kerrigan is hard not to like with so much production and experience coming out of a major FBS program. His numbers kept getting better, capped off by a senior campaign with 26 TFL and 12.5 sacks for the Boilermakers. Opinions vary on which scheme suits him best, and it will depend on the system. He displays the drive required to adjust wherever he goes. On the downside, his effort might not be enough at the next level.
Player Comparison: Aaron Kampman. This is a common comparison because it makes sense. Kerrigan has more hype coming out of the Big Ten than Kampman (Iowa) did when he was taken in the fifth round, but both are effort players with a similar build. They also both bring all-around value at the defensive end position.
Walt, your grade on the Earl Michell pickup by SF is off completely. Yes while he isn't a big threat in terms of DT look at all the defensive tackles, san francisco has? its mainly dial and purcell who have been doing the work and they need somebody else on that line. So this is easily a C+ or B- grade Free agent. While Mitchell did deal with injuries recently, SF is adding to the depth and at this point its a good pickup.