Ryan Connelly
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Connelly in 2017
Personal information
Born: (1995-10-03) October 3, 1995 (age 28)
Eden Prairie, Minnesota, U.S.
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:234 lb (106 kg)
Career information
High school:Eden Prairie
(Eden Prairie, Minnesota)
College:Wisconsin (2014–2018)
NFL draft:2019 / Round: 5 / Pick: 143
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Career highlights and awards
  • Third-team All-Big Ten (2018)
Career NFL statistics
Total tackles:30
Pass deflections:2
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

Ryan Connelly (born October 3, 1995) is an American football linebacker who is a free agent.[1] He played college football at Wisconsin. He was drafted by the New York Giants in the fifth round of the 2019 NFL.

Professional career

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press
6 ft 2+18 in
(1.88 m)
242 lb
(110 kg)
30+78 in
(0.78 m)
9+38 in
(0.24 m)
4.66 s 1.54 s 2.74 s 4.15 s 7.09 s 34.5 in
(0.88 m)
9 ft 10 in
(3.00 m)
17 reps
All values from NFL Combine/Pro Day[2][3]

New York Giants

Connelly was drafted by the New York Giants in the fifth round (143rd overall) of the 2019 NFL Draft.[4]

In Week 3 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Connelly recorded his first interception off Jameis Winston in the 32–31 win.[5] In Week 4, Connelly registered another interception off Case Keenum and recorded his first career sack in the 24–3 win. Unfortunately, Connelly suffered a torn ACL in the game and was ruled out for the season.[6]

On September 5, 2020, Connelly was waived during final roster cuts.[7]

Minnesota Vikings

On September 6, 2020, Connelly was claimed off waivers by the Minnesota Vikings.[8] He was placed on injured reserve on December 13.[9]

Connelly was placed on the reserve/physically unable to perform to start the season on August 23, 2022.[10] He was activated on October 4, then waived and re-signed to the practice squad.[11][12]

New Orleans Saints

On January 26, 2023, Connelly signed a reserve/future contract with the New Orleans Saints.[13] He was released on August 29, 2023, and re-signed to the practice squad.[14][15] He was not signed to a reserve/future contract and thus became a free agent at the end of the season.[16]


  1. ^ Kocorowski, Jake (April 27, 2019). "New York Giants select LB Ryan Connelly in fifth round of 2019 NFL Draft". Bucky's 5th Quarter.
  2. ^ "Ryan Connelly Draft and Combine Prospect Profile". NFL.com. Retrieved August 11, 2020.
  3. ^ "2019 NFL Draft Scout Ryan Connelly College Football Profile". DraftScout.com. Retrieved April 8, 2023.
  4. ^ Salomone, Dan (April 27, 2019). "Giants draft Wisconsin LB Ryan Connelly at No. 143". Giants.com.
  5. ^ "Jones sparkles in his start, Giants rally past Bucs 32-31". www.espn.com. September 22, 2019. Retrieved September 22, 2019.
  6. ^ Salomone, Dan (September 30, 2019). "Giants place LB Ryan Connelly on IR, claim DE Chris Peace off waivers". Giants.com.
  7. ^ Rosenblatt, Zach (September 5, 2020). "This is Giants' 53-man roster after cuts: Analyzing every decision, including shocking Ryan Connelly releas". NJ.com. Retrieved September 5, 2020.
  8. ^ "Vikings Claim LB Ryan Connelly, Add 13 Players To Practice Squad". Vikings.com. September 6, 2020.
  9. ^ Peters, Craig (December 13, 2021). "Vikings Roster Moves: Connelly to IR; Mattison on Reserve/COVID-19 List". Vikings.com.
  10. ^ Peters, Craig (August 23, 2022). "Vikings Waive Harrison Hand & Shaun Beyer, Announce More Roster Moves". Vikings.com.
  11. ^ Peters, Craig (October 4, 2022). "Lewis Cine Placed on Injured Reserve as Vikings Make Roster Moves". Vikings.com.
  12. ^ Peters, Craig (October 5, 2022). "Vikings Sign DL Khyiris Tonga to 53 & Add S Mike Brown to Practice Squad". Vikings.com.
  13. ^ "New Orleans Saints sign four to reserve/future contracts". NewOrleansSaints.com. January 26, 2023.
  14. ^ "New Orleans Saints announce roster moves". NewOrleansSaints.com. August 29, 2023.
  15. ^ "New Orleans Saints announce practice squad additions". NewOrleansSaints.com. August 30, 2023.
  16. ^ "New Orleans Saints sign 11 to reserve/future contracts". NewOrleansSaints.com. January 8, 2024.