In five seasons in Ann Arbor, Hayes steadily moved up the depth chart to establish himself as a stalwart protector of the blind side — starting 29 of his 40 total appearances and missing just two games due to injury in his final two years.
As an anchor of two straight Joe Moore Award winners, Hayes was also accomplished in his own right, being named second team All-Big Ten in 2021 and 2022.
Standing 6-foot-7 and weighing 305 pounds, Hayes has the size in spades to succeed at the next level. Combined with his tutelage under offensive coordinator and offensive line coach Sherrone Moore, it’s clear Hayes is set up for success.
“Ryan Hayes was a four-year letterman who appeared in 40 games and 29 career starts at left tackle in Ann Arbor. Almost all of them came in the last two seasons where Hayes was a part of consecutive Joe Moore Award-winning offensive lines. Most see Hayes as an early-Day 3 selection and I can see him being a backup for a season or two before taking over as a starter after making a transition to guard.”