MOBILE, Ala. — For the second year in a row, a Glasgow from Michigan and Marmion Academy is in the trenches at the Senior Bowl, only this time it’s on the defensive side of the ball.
Ryan Glasgow clearly has the bloodlines, and now he is trying to do what his brother Graham did last year and improve his draft stock. Ryan’s older brother got a late invite to the Senior Bowl in 2016 after a strong performance at the Shrine Game and continued to build off that momentum on his way to being a third-round pick and 11-game starter for the Detroit Lions.
“I watched last year’s draft stock go up [for Graham],” Ryan Glasgow said following Tuesday’s practice. “… When I received my Senior Bowl invite I was ecstatic. I want to play like I have something to prove and I want to show teams what I can do out here.”
In his career for the Wolverines, Glasgow played in 45 games with 33 starts. As a senior, he had four sacks and 9.5 tackles for loss. He checked in at 6-2 7/8 and 299 pounds with impressive 32 3/4-inch arms.
Glasgow considers himself strong against the run and “an underrated pass rusher,” but he’s using the week to hone those skills getting after the quarterback.
“I was trying to work on my pass rush. I think I did a good job in 1-on-1’s, but I need to translate that over to team,” he said. “Converting from my run reads to pass quicker is something I definitely need to work on. Playing a little further away from the ball — played on some tackles today, not something I did very often at Michigan, so getting used to that.”
Glasgow learned from his older brother the importance of high effort during the week, whether it’s in interviews or on the field.
“Don’t take a rep for granted,” he said of the advice he got from Graham. “Everyone’s watching. You’re getting evaluated constantly.”
Those giving Glasgow the closest evaluation are the Bears coaches who are in charge of the North team, a nice perk for the DeKalb native.
“It’s pretty sweet,” he said. “Growing up a Bears fan in Northern Illinois, watching them on TV every Sunday growing up, and then being able to be coached by their staff is pretty unreal.”
The Glasgow brothers — the youngest, Jordan, is a safety at Michigan — grew up going to Northern Illinois games, as their father worked as a team physician. The experience watching the Huskies, Glasgow said, “inspired the [desire] to play in college.”
From wrestling with his brother growing up in the house to in the trenches on the football field, Glasgow now hopes to take that aggression and use it for good during Senior Bowl week on his route toward the NFL.
“Graham and I talk a lot. We’re very close,” he said. “Having him there to prepare me … helped me get mentally in the right spot for the event.”