3. Play-making ability
Throughout his career, Ryan has always had a nose for the football.
In his seven seasons in the league, Ryan has 11 sacks, 8 forced fumbles, 78 passes defended,17 interceptions, and one touchdown. But last season was by far his most complete; registering 113 total tackles, 4.5 sacks, 4 forced fumbles, 18 passes defended, and 4 interceptions.
To top it all off, in last season’s AFC Wildcard against the Patriots, Ryan also had a pick-6 off new Tampa Bay Buccaneers quarterback Tom Brady to ice the game and advance the Titans to the next round.
Ryan can be a huge boost to the Saints, who ranked 12th in league takeaways with 23. The team won its only Super Bowl teaching takeaways and big plays on defense and Ryan fits the bill as a ball-hawking defensive back.
Making the playoffs in six out of his seven years in the pros and winning two Super Bowls would also be a plus to an already experienced Saints roster. He would be an instant contributor on the defense and would help take the unit to the next level.