ROBBY MILO/THE ARBITER – The player who has the best hit on special teams the week before gets to carry out the hammer for the next game. Winterswyk brought the hammer out for the San Jose State game in 2010.

At the end of the month, five seniors from Boise State’s 2010 team will be headed to Indianapolis to participate in the NFL Combine.

They will be meticulously measured, examined and tested to determine their physical, mental and psychological value heading to the next level. Coaches, scouts and NFL executives will be there trying to find the next breakout star or player that can add value to their team.

One of those players may very well be Boise State defensive end, Ryan Winterswyk. With an amazing combination of size and speed, ‘Swyk’ might just catch the attention of those in attendance.

“I think I can make a pretty good splash with my speed and how I do my drills,” Winterswyk said. “I want to run really well.”

In an effort to improve upon his power and explosiveness, Winterswyk is training down south in Pensacola, Florida, to prepare for the upcoming combine. His normal training day begins at the facility around eight in the morning, and goes until five at night, everyday. He participates in two workouts a day, typically two to two and half hours long.

“It’s kind of a full-time job right now,” Swyk said.

Hard work and effort are two things that are very familiar to this man from La Habra, Calif. As a freshman in 2006, Ryan walked onto the Boise State football team and worked to not only earn a scholarship, but become a starter and one of the best defensive ends in school history.

At 6 feet 4, 270 pounds, Winterswyk fits the perfect physical mold for an NFL defensive end. As a senior last season, Ryan finished second in the Western Athletic Conference in sacks (9.0) and second in tackles for a loss (17.0), earning him first team All-WAC honors for the second year in a row.

“My number one goal is to make an NFL roster this next year. Number two is to have as much fun and experience everything I can experience in the NFL, and when it’s done, it’s done. On to the next thing,” Winterswyk said.

While his size and talent speak for itself, Winterswyk is still facing an uphill battle to earn his way onto an NFL roster. The majority of scouting websites are putting him in the middle of the pack for his position ranking. The reality is that Ryan might not get drafted at all, but could get an invitation to camp as a free-agent — a position that would put this former Bronco walk-on in a very familiar situation.

Other former Broncos joining Winterswyk at the NFL Combine include: wide receivers Titus Young and Austin Pettis, cornerback Brandyn Thompson and safety Jeron Johnson.

Facts about Ryan

Dog or cat person – “Dog, definitely.”

Biggest pet-peeve – “When people are rude.”

Off-field hobbies – “Rock climbing, surfing, snowboarding, mountain biking and backpacking.”

Current iPod playlist – “Bob Marley.”

Favorite smell – “Coconut.”

Dream car – “Lamborghini.”

Last book read – “No Way Down” (about climbers on K-2).

Celebrity date – “Jessica Alba”

PS3 or XBOX 360 – “Was a 360 guy, but I recently converted to PS3.”

Player you emulate your game after – “I wish I could play like Clay Mathews. The guy I try to model my game after is Jared Allen.”

Sport you’d like to go pro in, if you weren’t a football player – “Pro surfer.”

Plans for the draft – “Going backpacking with my brother and dad. When I know it’s going on, I’m going to have my phone close by.”

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