Ryba Heads to National Football Combine
For Jake Ryba, he is taking it one step at a time and in the process he has inched closer to realizing a long-time dream. Ryba, a 2010 Doane graduate and football player for the Tigers, will head to Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis this week to participate in the ELITE National Combine (ENC) in hopes of becoming a professional football player.
The ELITE National Combine is an exclusive workout in front of pro scouts from all pro leagues at the nations premier scouting event for free-agents and seniors.
Ryba said his goal from this combine is to be recognized enough by the National Football League (NFL) scouts that he may be invited to a pro camp and then to try and make a practice squad for a team.
After participating in several drills a few weeks ago in Chicago, Ryba earned the highest rating of any offensive lineman at the combine. The minimum pro standard is 8.0 and the qualifying standard for ENC is 8.6, Ryba posted an 8.87 score. The following were his marks in Chicago...
10-yard dash: 1.68
40-yard dash: 4.98
20-yard shuttle: 4.75
bench reps: 29
vertical jump: 32"
He also participated in various offensive lineman drills such as the mirror drill, kick slides, pulls and work against bags.
Ryba was a two-time First Team All-GPAC performer for the Tigers and a College Fanz Sports Network (CFSN) honorable mention All-American in 2009. Ryba participated in the CFSN Senior All-Star game this past April.
At least 25 NFL scouts are expected to be on hand as well as scouts from the Canadian Football League (CFL), Arena Football League (AFL) and other leagues. Ryba was already offered a contract by one team in the Indoor Football League (IFL) after his performance in Chicago.
Last month, he had an opportunity to work out for the Omaha Nighthawks scouts as they will be opening their season in the fall. Omaha will be a member of the United Football League (UFL).
The last Tiger to participate in the NFL is current Doane running backs coach Raymonn Adams who was in camp with the New York Jets after playing in the CFL and NFL Europe.