Riley Reiff Scouting Report for 2012 NFL Draft
Prospect Name: Riley Reiff
Position: Offensive Tackle
Height: 6’5 5/8
Arm: 33 1/4
Riley Reiff is a 23 year old Junior, choosing to skip his senior season at Iowa to enter the NFL Draft. Most prognosticators have Reiff ranked as the #2 offensive tackle behind Matt Kalil and a projected top-15 pick with some projecting his selection as high as #6 to the Washington Redskins.
Reiff’s biggest strength is his experience, starting 21 consecutive games since he started his freshman year. Terrific balance and footwork, moving all around the pocket and always effectively shadows the defender. Never caught with his feet stuck in mud, he’s very light on his feet. Can play either left or right tackle and has had plenty of experience at both. Very quick off the ball with a powerful first punch. Excellent at the point of attack. Strong, good frame, and has long arms. He is solid in both the run and pass blocking departments. A true technician, mastering one-on-one matchups. Hails from the Kirk Ferentz program at Iowa which has their players pro-ready and which has a rich history of solid lineman like Bryan Bulaga.
Periodically blocks his defender into the hole or the ball-carrier itself which, yes, is a huge problem. Often has trouble chipping a defender and moving to the second level. Was arrested his freshman year for public intoxication and then evading police, which lasted twenty-five minutes…on foot (that’s actually kind of impressive). His pad level could use some work as he’s susceptible to an occasional bull-rush, letting defenders pop him up. Didn’t always play to the whistle which will have to change in the NFL. Teams should be wary that he played in a zone blocking scheme if they don’t as well.
Reiff’s experience and ability to play on both sides is a huge plus, and I think that his technique and weaknesses will only be fixed at the next level, making Reiff a terrific NFL offensive lineman. I have Reiff as my second ranked tackle behind Matt Kalil, not buying into some who have claimed Reiff is better than Kalil at all. There’s no doubt Reiff is talented and would be a solid first round draft pick for any team, but I don’t see him as a top-6 pick.
Fun Fact: Reiff was a three-time State Wrestling Champion, finishing his career with a 121-1 record
NFL Comparison: Bryan Bulaga