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The OSU defensive line was loaded with veteran talent in 2006, and the man who kept the defense's relentless pass rush pace in operation was McBean. Clogging the interior running game, along with fellow tackle Larry Brown, the Cowboys followed McBean's leadership to lead the Big 12 Conference and rank eighth in the nation, averaging 7.69 tackles behind the line of scrimmage per game. The OSU front wall also ranked 12th nationally with an average of 2.92 sacks per game.
McBean had a stellar prep career at Trinity High School. He was a first-team All-District selection after his senior season as well as the district's Defensive MVP. He was also named first-team All-District by the Dallas Morning News.
Hoping to improve his academics, McBean enrolled at Hinds Community College in 2003, going on to start 22 consecutive games over the next two seasons. He was a first-team All-Mississippi Association of Community and Junior College Conference pick in 2004, as he totaled 58 tackles with seven sacks and 12 stops behind the line of scrimmage.
McBean then enrolled at Oklahoma State in 2005, turning down scholarship offers from Arkansas, Mississippi, Southern Mississippi and Texas A&M. He would go on to start 23 of 24 games he played in for the Cowboys. As a junior, he collected 37 tackles (20 solos) with three sacks and six stops behind the line of scrimmage. He recovered two fumbles, blocked a kick and deflected a pass.
In 2006, the left defensive tackle started 12 contests. He was credited with 25 tackles (12 solos), adding 4.5 sacks and seven stops for losses, along with one quarterback pressure. He also caused three fumbles and recovered another.
In 24 games at Oklahoma State, McBean accounted for 62 tackles (32 solos). He had 7.5 sacks for minus-59 yards and 13 stops for losses of 69 yards. He recovered and caused three fumbles while also deflecting one pass and blocking a kick.
Positives: Has a tall, angular frame that can easily carry another 20 pounds of bulk... Has the play recognition skills and instincts to flow to the ball with ease...Shows decent knee bend and flexibility in his stance, demonstrating the short-area acceleration to string plays wide and take away the ball carrier's outside rush lanes...Has the quickness to give chase up field, showing the functional agility and loose hips to redirect...Has the power to stack and hold the pile at the line of scrimmage...Shows proper use of hands to gain leverage and the foot agility to generate a quick surge through the gaps...Can locate the running plays working through trash and keeps his pads down and arms properly extended to wrap tackle...When he keeps his hands inside the frame, he can stuff and shed quickly...Decisive in pursuit and goes low in his tackles to stop ball carriers at the line...Displays impressive power behind his hits and has the initial burst to knife into the backfield and the acceleration to zero in on the quarterback once he penetrates...Hard worker in the weight room...Maintains body control on the move and has an explosive first step off the snap...Has enough arm strength to reach out and drag the ball carrier to the ground...His best asset is shooting the gaps, as he has the quickness to pressure the pocket consistently...His hand quickness is evident by the activity he shows with them when executing counter moves...Alert to play-action and it is rare to see him get fooled by an erratic snap count...Keeps his head on a swivel to locate the ball and has a quick spin move to slip off the lineman and clog the interior rush lanes.
Negatives: More of a push rusher than one who displays technique...Has good quickness, but tires late in games and then reverts to leaning into blockers rather than trying to battle them...Can disappear for stretches, struggling to disengage when challenged by double teams (when he fails to extend his arms and keep his hands active, he will get tied up on blocks and lacks the bulk to split multiple blockers...Best making plays on the move, as he can get run over at the line of scrimmage at times due to a lack of ideal lower body strength...Has improved his pad level, but when he gets high in his stance, he leaves his chest too exposed...Gets out of control at times and tries to club blockers, making him late getting off blocks...Can be taken down by low blocks, as he doesn't use his hands to protect his body...Adequate wrap-up tackler, but needs to do it with better consistency (will collide or arm tackle on the move and bigger backs can bounce off those hits)...Has good leaping ability, but poor timing (with his reach, he should be knocking down more passes than he has).
Compares To: LORENZO BROMELL-ex-Miami...McBean has that lanky frame that Bromell had, and the former Dolphin had good success penetrating the inside gaps, much like McBean. The OSU defender might not have the speed to shift to end, so he will need to bulk up, but he has the frame that can carry additional weight. He is more of a one-gap defender due to his frame, but he plays with good intensity and vision to be a nice pickup early in the second day.
Has produced at least one tackle behind the line of scrimmage in 13 of 24 games he played in at Oklahoma State.
McBean started 12 games at left defensive tackle, coming off the bench vs. Houston when the team opened that contest using a dime defense...Recorded 25 tackles (12 solos) with 4.5 sacks for minus 42 yards and seven stops for losses totaling 44 yards...Added one quarterback pressure, as he recovered one fumble and caused three others.
Took over left defensive tackle duties, starting all eleven games, in his first season at Oklahoma State...Recorded 37 tackles (20 solos) with three sacks for minus 17 yards and six stops for losses of 25 yards...Recovered two fumbles and blocked a kick...Also had one pass deflection.
Enrolled at Hinds Community College in 2003, going on to start 22 consecutive games over the next two seasons...First-team All-Mississippi Association of Community and Junior College Conference pick in 2004, as he totaled 58 tackles with seven sacks and 12 stops behind the line of scrimmage.
Attended Trinity (Euless, Texas) High School, earning first-team All-District honors after his senior season...Named the district's Defensive MVP and was also a first-team All-District choice by the Dallas Morning News.
Management major...Son of Donnett McBean...Born 4/23/84...Resides in Euless, Texas.
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08/27/14 - DL Ryan McBean had his contract terminated by the Cardinals Wednesday (Aug. 27).
08/21/14 - DE Ryan McBean was signed by the Cardinals Thursday (Aug. 21).
05/07/12 - DT Ryan McBean signed with the Ravens on Monday, joining the team after a three-year stint with the Broncos
McBean, 28, had 33 tackles and four sacks in 2011 for the Broncos. He had been a restricted free agent, but Denver rescinded the offer on April 16, making him an unrestricted free agent. Originally a fourth-round pick of the Steelers in 2007, McBean played just one game for the team before landing with the Ravens. In 47 career games, McBean has 77 tackles, four sacks and a fumble recovery. The Oklahoma State product will not be available for the start of the season. He was suspended in March for a violation of the league's performance-enhancing drug policy, but has disputed the finding along with former teammate D.J. Williams, who was also suspended. Both players are suing the NFL over the suspensions.
04/17/12 - DT Ryan McBean became a free agent Tuesday when the Broncos withdraw his tender as a restricted free agent.