Pro Highlights

  • Played in 14 games with 10 starts in 2016 and ranked No. 2 on the team with 84 tackles (58 solo). Added seven tackles for a loss, three passes defensed, four QB pressures and three QB hits.
  • Started all three postseason games last season and was tied for No. 2 on the team with 16 tackles (10 solo).
  • Led the team with a career-best (including regular season) 11 tackles (seven solo) in the 2016 NFC Wild Card victory over the N.Y. Giants.
  • Played in 14 games with five starts as a rookie in '15, opening at BLB for the final five contests. Registered 47 tackles (32 solo) and a fumble recovery on defense and six tackles on special teams.
  • Started both postseason games in '15 and recorded 10 tackles (seven solo).
  • Made the first start of his career at Detroit in Week 13, leading the team with nine tackles (eight solo) and registering his first career fumble recovery.
  • Selected by Green Bay in the fourth round of the 2015 NFL Draft with the No. 129 overall selection. Was the 27th player the Packers have drafted from the University of Michigan and the first since LB John Anderson in 1978 (first round, 26th overall). Joins Anderson as the only Michigan LBs ever drafted by Green Bay.


Started 41 of 46 games played, appearing at inside linebacker as a senior after spending his first three seasons at outside linebacker and defensive end…Was a three-time winner (2012-14) of the Roger Zatkoff Award, given to Michigan’s top LB…Became the only player to win the award, established in 1991, three times…Finished his career tied for No. 2 in school history with seven forced fumbles…Finished No. 6 on Michigan’s all-time career tackles-for-a-loss list with 45½…Tallied double-digit tackles in 10 career games, tied with Tom McKee (1970-72) for No. 12 in school history…Played in the East-West Shrine Game and earned the Pat Tillman Award, which is presented to the player who best exemplifies intelligence, sportsmanship and service…Earned his degree in sociology at Michigan…Senior season (2014): Started all 12 games played in his first season at inside linebacker and was named first-team All-Big Ten by the coaches and media…Elected as a team captain for the second consecutive season…Set career highs and led the team in tackles (112) and solo tackles (67) while also recording a team-high 14 tackles for a loss, two sacks, two forced fumbles and an INT…Finished with a career-best seven double-digit-tackle games, which tied Calvin O’Neal (1975), Sam Sword (1998) and Paul Girgash (1981) for No. 7 on Michigan’s single-season list…Registered a team-high 11 tackles (10 solo), including 2½ tackles for a loss, and a career-best two forced fumbles vs. Indiana (Nov. 1)…Tied for the team lead with a career-best 14 tackles (six solo) vs. Maryland (Nov. 22)…Junior season (2013): Named a team captain but missed the first five games of the season due to an ACL injury suffered in spring practice…Played in the final eight games of the season, starting five at SAM linebacker…Recorded 30 tackles (23 solo), 4½ tackles for a loss and one pass defensed…Earned the Roger Zatkoff Award for the second consecutive year, joining Jarrett Irons (1995-96), Sword (1997-98) and David Harris (2005-06) as the only two-time winners since the award was established in 1991…Part of a defense that only allowed three 100-yard rushers all season…Tied for No. 2 on the team with four solo tackles, including a tackle for a loss vs. Ohio State (Nov. 30)...Sophomore season (2012): Started all 13 games, opening 11 contests at SAM LB and two at DE…Led the team in total tackles (88), solo stops (56), tackles for a loss (16, No. 3 in the Big Ten), sacks (4½) and forced fumbles (four)…Tied Mike Taylor (1971), LaMarr Woodley (2006) and Shawn Crable (2007) for the school single-season record in forced fumbles…Earned second-team All-Big Ten honors (media and Phil Steele’s College Football) and honorable mention (coaches)…Prior to game vs. Air Force (Sept. 8), switched from No. 90 to No. 47 for the remainder of his career in honor of Michigan football legend Bennie Oosterbaan…Went on to lead the team in both tackles (then-career-high 11) and solo stops (seven) against the Falcons…Earned Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week honors after tying then-career high with 11 tackles (seven solo), including 3½ tackles for a loss, as well as 1½ sacks and a forced fumble vs. Illinois (Oct. 13)…Recorded a double-digit tackle total (10, eight solo) for the second straight week and a sack to earn Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week honors vs. Michigan State (Oct. 20)…Redshirt freshman season (2011): Started 11 of 13 games played, with 10 starts coming at SAM LB and one at DE…Recorded 37 tackles (20 solo), 11 tackles for a loss (No. 2 on the team), three sacks (tied for No. 5 on the team), two fumble recoveries and a forced fumble…Started at DE and had a season-best seven tackles, including six solo tackles that tied for the team lead vs. Virginia Tech (Sugar Bowl, Jan. 3)…Added a sack and tied the Sugar Bowl record with a season-high four stops for a loss.


Given name Jacob William Ryan…Born in Fairview, Ohio…Single…His brother, Connor, was a wide receiver at Ball State…His father, Tim, played WR at Wake Forest (1980-84)…His grandfather, Francis Sweeney, was a defensive tackle at Xavier and for the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the Canadian Football League…High school: Attended St. Ignatius High School in Cleveland, Ohio, where he was a part of a state championship team as a junior…Played linebacker and fullback…Earned All-Ohio honors and was named co-Northeast District Defensive Player of the Year as a senior…Registered 104 tackles, 26 tackles for a loss, eight sacks, four passes defensed and two fumble recoveries in his final season…Community involvement: Helped build a playground at Shippy Park in Pulaski, Wis., as part of the NFL/United Way Hometown Huddle…Participated in autograph signings to benefit The Salvation Army and the Jerry Parins Cruise for Cancer…Visited Mott Children’s Hospital and the U.S. Veterans Medical Center in Ann Arbor while in college…Residence: Cleveland, Ohio.