2012 NFL Mock Draft: Riley Reiff

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Riley gets his best leverage and push when he’s plowing the way for the run. This is when he’s at his most violent. He understands the defensive schemes and is prepared for stunts. He’s rarely caught off guard with different looks. He keeps a steady, concrete foundation that stands up to the bull rush and the most chaotic of spins. He’s athletic enough to get out and protect the edge in space.


While he has good feet, he struggles to get them moving back down on inside moves after a few steps in the kick out. He routinely battles to get over on quick step defenders with adequate swim moves. He should never and I repeat never attempt another cut block as it’s almost never effective for him. His biggest weakness seems to be against long armed defenders that use them to create separation for the quick inside moves.


  • OT, Iowa
  • Ht: 6’6
  • Wt: 300
  • 40 time: 5.02


Reiff’s cons may sound bad but how well he plays to his strength more than make up for them. An NFL team will know how to play to what he does well and away from what he struggles. He can definitely play left tackle with a talented, veteran guard next to him. A system them keeps their backs into protect a lot, would be ideal for him early on. I would shade the backs to the left side of the line and have them mainly look for leaks between the left tackle and the left guard.