Friday, March 9, 2012
Scouting offensive tackle Riley Reiff
By James Walker
The AFC East blog continues its look at top prospects with potential to land in the division.
This week, we examined Texas A&M quarterback Ryan Tannehill and Alabama safety Mark Barron. Today, we take an in-depth look at Iowa offensive tackle Riley Reiff.
The Miami Dolphins, New York Jets and Buffalo Bills all have a need at tackle. Reiff says he can help any team looking for a versatile offensive lineman who can play both tackle spots and guard.
"I'll go wherever a team wants [me] to go," Reiff said at the NFL combine. "I played some right tackle in college. I'd be happy to move over and play wherever the team needs me to play."
Here are a few takeaways from Scouts Inc.'s in-depth report on Reiff :
- Pass protection (above average): "Above average balance for size and can mirror defenders. Resets feet and absorbs bigger bull-rushers. Long and quick enough to protect the edge when footwork is sound, and appeared to make strides in this area last year. However, concerned about ability to protect blind side at the next level at this point."
- Run blocking (above average): "Can get under defenders and drive them off the ball when keeps pads down, though needs to be more consistent in this area. Takes adequate angles to second level, and can cut off backside linebacker."
- Toughness (above average): "Developed more of a mean streak as the season progressed last year, and has the potential to improve score if he continues to progress in this area. Flashed ability to drive defenders eight yards downfield and then put them on their back. Covers downfield and gets under defender's skin."
Scouts Inc. graded Reiff a 94, which is No. 10 among NFL prospects. Should the Bills, Jets or Dolphins show interest?