Ryan Connelly
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Connelly in 2017
No. 57 – Minnesota Vikings
Position:Middle linebacker
Personal information
Born: (1995-10-03) October 3, 1995 (age 27)
Eden Prairie, Minnesota
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
Roster status:Practice squad
Career highlights and awards
  • Third-team All-Big Ten (2018)
Career NFL statistics as of 2021
Total tackles:29
Pass deflections:2
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

Ryan Connelly (born October 3, 1995) is an American football middle linebacker for the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League (NFL).[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 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump
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 4.31 s 7.09 s 34.5 in
(0.88 m)
9 ft 10 in
(3.00 m)
All values from NFL Combine[2]

Connelly was drafted by the New York Giants in the fifth round (143rd overall) of the 2019 NFL Draft.[3]

New York Giants

In Week 3 against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Connelly recorded his first interception off Jameis Winston in the 32-31 win.[4] 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.[5]

On September 5, 2020, Connelly was waived during final roster cuts.[6]

Minnesota Vikings

On September 6, 2020, Connelly was claimed off waivers by the Minnesota Vikings.[7] He was placed on injured reserve on December 13.[8]

Connelly was placed on the reserve/PUP list to start the season on August 23, 2022.[9] He was activated on October 4, then waived and re-signed to the practice squad.[10][11]


  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 Combine Profile". NFL.com. Retrieved August 11, 2020.
  3. ^ Salomone, Dan (April 27, 2019). "Giants draft Wisconsin LB Ryan Connelly at No. 143". Giants.com.
  4. ^ "Jones sparkles in his start, Giants rally past Bucs 32-31". www.espn.com. 22 September 2019. Retrieved 22 September 2019.
  5. ^ Salomone, Dan (September 30, 2019). "Giants place LB Ryan Connelly on IR, claim DE Chris Peace off waivers". Giants.com.
  6. ^ Rosenblatt, Zach (5 September 2020). "This is Giants' 53-man roster after cuts: Analyzing every decision, including shocking Ryan Connelly releas". NJ.com. Retrieved 5 September 2020.
  7. ^ "Vikings Claim LB Ryan Connelly, Add 13 Players To Practice Squad". Vikings.com. September 6, 2020.
  8. ^ Peters, Craig (December 13, 2021). "Vikings Roster Moves: Connelly to IR; Mattison on Reserve/COVID-19 List". Vikings.com.
  9. ^ Peters, Craig (August 23, 2022). "Vikings Waive Harrison Hand & Shaun Beyer, Announce More Roster Moves". Vikings.com.
  10. ^ Peters, Craig (October 4, 2022). "Lewis Cine Placed on Injured Reserve as Vikings Make Roster Moves". Vikings.com.
  11. ^ Peters, Craig (October 5, 2022). "Vikings Sign DL Khyiris Tonga to 53 & Add S Mike Brown to Practice Squad". Vikings.com.