In One Word: Agile
Fantasy Value: N/A
Resembles: Jake Long
Mock Predictions: Buffalo (10th)
Iowa’s Riley Reiff is widely regarded as the second best offensive tackle in this year’s draft behind USC’s Matt Kalil. Reiff started eleven of thirteen games as a redshirt freshman and finished his college career starting every game in his sophomore and junior seasons. He started a few games at guard as a freshman but started every game in his final two years at left tackle.
Reiff is an athletic tackle who will excel in the passing game. He has quick feet that allow him to get depth in pass protection and is rarely caught off balance or out of position. In the running game he is excellent in space, getting to the next level and when asked to pull or combo block. If Reiff is allowed to get the angle on his man he is able to get into his man’s body and escort him where the Hawkeye needs his opponent to go. This is where I see some of Jake Long in Reiff. He is an athletic tackle like Long.
The biggest issue with Reiff is – well – he is not that big. When I have seen him get into trouble it’s when he is bull rushed or has to just man on man move his guy without the benefit of an angle. Even though Iowa was a run based offense, he is not the kind of tackle who is going to blow a defensive lineman off the ball. He is more of an escort kind of tackle. He is good at allowing the defensive lineman get up field and staying on him until the defender takes himself out of the play. He is not the kind of lineman you would want to run behind if you need a yard on third and one. Reiff doesn’t have much position flexibility. He is a left tackle only. He is not physical enough to play on the right side or on the inside.
Because of his position he will go in the top half of the first round. Outside of quarterback, left tackle might be the most important position on offense in today’s National Football League. With the domination of the pass game in the league Reiff will be a welcome addition to most teams in the league. Not that there are many of these teams left, but the only type of team who should avoid him would be one of the physical running teams.
Brian covers basically all high school sports, but mainly football and wrestling in Minnesota where he has lived his entire life. Fed up with his day job he decided to try writing as a hobby over ten years ago and that hobby has turned into sort of a second career. He has been involved in some way with football since he was a water boy for his high school team when he was in elementary school and has been playing fantasy football since before he could vote.