Draft Scout Snapshot: 2010: Started all 13 games at defensive end … recorded 37 tackles, 8.5 TFLs, four sacks and one pass breakup … notched five solo tackles, including a career-high three tackles for loss, and a sack in start at Ohio State (Nov. 27). 2009: Started all 12 games at defensive tackle … recorded 40 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, five sacks, one fumble recovery and four pass breakups … scored first career touchdown on a 14-yard fumble return for a score at Wisconsin (Nov. 14). 2008: Named Michigan's most distinguished freshman athlete given on the basis of desire, character, capacity for leadership and potential for future success following spring drills … played in all 12 games and made one start at defensive end … posted 13 tackles and one pass breakup. 2007: Redshirted.
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03/16/12 - Michigan Pro Day: Despite leading Michigan in both tackles for loss (12.5) and sacks last year (5.5), Ryan Van Bergen didn't receive an invitation to the NFL Combine last month. He bounced between defensive end and defensive tackle over his career as the Wolverines changed schemes and coaches. But regardless of where he lined up on the field, Van Bergen was always moving at full-go and that intensity was on display Thursday during Michigan's Pro Day in Ann Arbor. Van Bergen, who weighed in a 291 pounds, ran a 4.90 40-yard dash and put up 31 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press. He suffered a right foot injury in the Sugar Bowl in January and has been feverishly rehabbing to work out for NFL teams. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com
03/15/12 - The University of Michigan football program hosted its Pro Day today (Thursday, March 15) inside Schembechler Hall and Al Glick Field House, where 16 former Wolverines worked out for NFL coaches and scouts. Forty-one scouts from 29 NFL teams showed up for the event to assess the players in various drills, which included the vertical jump, broad jump, bench press, 40-yard dash, shuttle run, long-shuttle and three-cone drill. Players also split into groups and ran specific positional workouts, such as route-running, pass blocking and defensive drills. Wide receiver Martavious Odoms pulled off an impressive time in the 40-yard dash, clocking in at 4.39 seconds. Wide receiver Kelvin Grady scored a 4.41 time to go along with his 6.49 time in the three-cone drill, which would have topped all other players in the 2012 NFL Combine. Defensive tackle Ryan Van Bergen compiled 31 reps in the bench press. Three former Michigan players - Junior Hemingway, Mike Martin and David Molk - previously participated in the NFL Combine that took place Feb. 22-28 in Indianapolis, Ind., and participated in limited events. "It's an opportunity for those guys who have that goal of getting a great education at Michigan and that degree and have an opportunity to maybe go to the next level," said Michigan football head coach Brady Hoke. "This is one of those days where you're judged with some of the metrics like 40s and shuttle runs, and you look at some of the specific workouts at positions. It's a day for those guys who have given so much to Michigan. "These are great kids. They've worked hard in the classroom and to represent the university in a positive manner, this is an opportunity for them. - Michigan football
03/15/12 - As he readies for his chance to prove himself worthy of an NFL contract, Ryan Van Bergen has been diligently working out for 10 weeks while nursing an injury to his right foot suffered in Michigan's Sugar Bowl victory earlier this year. Van Bergen, along with more than a dozen of his fellow Wolverines, including tight end Kevin Koger, a tri-captain last season, will participate in Michigan's Pro Day on Thursday. It is closed to the public. For Van Bergen, the time since his last collegiate game has been a challenge. While he watched three teammates, former roommate David Molk, Mike Martin and Junior Hemingway, participate in the NFL Combine last month — those three will work out at pro day, too — he patiently rehabbed an injury. Two weeks ago, he finally was cleared to run, and a week ago, during training with former Michigan strength coach Mike Barwis, the 6-foot-6, 290-pound Van Bergen was able to complete every pro-day drill. "I've got a ton to prove," said Van Bergen, an end who had a team-best 12.5 tackles for loss and 5.5 sacks in 2011. "I've sat back quietly, patiently watching some guys do their thing at my position and have seen them get their accolades. I couldn't do anything but sit and wait for my chance. Now I have an opportunity to show what I can do. I'm not nervous, just really excited to put myself on the radar." - Angelique S. Chengelis, The Detroit News