Taken with the 28th pick in last year's National Draft out of Glenelg, South Australia as the Magpies' second selection of the count, Ryan has since impressed his coaches with his immediate impact at VFL level.
Ryan has averaged 19.6 disposals and five marks in the VFL this year from 14 matches, having missed a handful of games in his debut season due to a neck/shoulder injury.
The 189cm teenager offers run and good ball use from the defensive 50 and can move further up the ground to have an impact.
"He's been in great form for a number of weeks now," McRae told reporters of Ryabn's inclusion.
"It's exciting to give someone an opportunity this time of the year. He gets it through reward and playing above the level in the VFL."
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"Steele will play, he got through training and looks alright," McRae said.
"If it was a grand final we'd be pushing for all of them to play, but we're not in that situation right now. We'll look after those guys and make sure they're alright."
The Magpies will confirm their squad on Thursday night at 6:20pm (AEST).