Riley Reiff Player ProfilePosted: February 18, 2012
Riley Reiff, RT/LT, Iowa
First Word: Reiff is generally regarded as one of the elite prospects in the 2012 NFL draft. Many believe he will transition from LT to RT in the NFL where he can better unleash his mean streak in the running game.
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Player Bio: Reiff was a highly touted high school prospect from South Dakota in 2007 who signed with the University of Iowa. Reiff redshirted his first season at Iowa in 2008. As a redshirt freshman he started 11 of 13 games for Iowa 3 at LT, 7 at RG, and 1 at RT. In his sophomore season Reiff started all 13 games at LT and he started all 13 games at LT in his junior season as well. Following his junior season Reiff declared himself eligible for the 2012 NFL Draft.
Notable Achievements: In 2011 Riley was named an All-American by Pro Football Weekly. In addition he was first team all-Big 10 in 2011 and in 2010 he was second team all-big Ten.
Projected Draft Status: Top 15 selection
- Reiff is an experienced tackle that has played against several players who are currently in the NFL like Adrian Clayborn, Aldon Smith, and Derrick Morgan. His draft stock has steadily risen over the past three years. Reiff will likely be the second OT off the board in the draft behind Matt Kalil.
Other Possible Early OT Picks: Matt Kalil, Jonathon Martin, Mike Adams, Bobbie Massie, Cordy Glenn
- Highlight #1 – Riley Reiff vs. Oklahoma – www.youtube.com/watch?v=hmS0XmkMeJ0
- Highlight #2 – Riley Reiff NFL Draft Analysis – 2010 Season – www.youtube.com/watch?v=SWfhLJXbMnk
Reiff’s Strengths (in buzzwords):
- Mean Streak
- Elite lower body strength
- Excellent Run Blocker
- Finishes off Run Blocks
- Good Pass Blocker
Reiff’s Weaknesses (in buzzwords):
- Occasionally struggles in pass protection
- Stiff in the knees
- Body balance in passing plays
- Reiff played LT at Iowa, but will likely transition to RT in the NFL. Reiff excels in run blocking where he uses strength and ferocity to drive DL off the line. Reiff is not an excellent pass blocker, be he is a good one and would likely benefit by a move to RT. Reiff is arguably one of the best prospects at RT in in the NFL draft in several years. Reiff will likely be the second OT off the board in the 2012 draft. He will probably be selected by the Redskins at #6, the Dolphins at #8/9, the Chiefs at #11, or the Seahawks at #12. There is an outside chance Reiff could be selected at #3 by Vikings if Matt Kalil goes at #2.
*This player profile was written by Ryan Craig of Beyond Football Madness.