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Prospect Profiles: Will Rackley

WILL RACKLEY, OG, LEHIGH

Triangle Numbers: 6-4, 310, 5.25

Scouting Reports:

Sideline Scouting:

Positives: Reasonably long arms… Can get good arm extensions but tends to pump them too much… Reasonably quick hands… Solid pass blocker… Reasonably quick… Very solid knee bend… Good short area lateral movement and slide… Redirects reasonably well… Stays square and keeps his legs moving through the block… Wide base and solid anchor… Nice pop in his punch but winds up a little… Very solid run blocker… Plays with solid leverage… Does a good job controlling defender once he locks on… Can get to the second level… Adequate flexibility and body control… Good strength especially in the upper body… Hard worker, gives a good effort… Good finisher, stays on his blocks until the whistle… Mean streak.

Negatives: Inconsistent knee bend, gets a little too upright… Not very explosive, lacks any real suddenness to his game… Doesn’t fire out into his blocks… Not real quick getting in front of stunts and delayed blitzes… While he isn’t necessarily bad in space he does look a little stiff… Doesn’t breakdown especially well on the move.

National Football Post:

Exhibits above-average bend for the position and has the ability to sit into his stance/base and anchor on contact. Displays strong hands once he locks on and can be a real Velcro player in the pass game. However, needs to do a better job extending his arms into contact and maximizing his reach. Too often fails to initially dictate to blocks and works more as a “catcher.” Needs to continue to improve his pop as a puncher. Has the ability to create leverage for himself off the snap in the run game as an in-line guy — which is impressive playing against shorter I-AA defensive linemen — and drive his legs through contact and finish blocks. Is a good athlete who can reach blocks inside, but isn’t as coordinated when asked to stick on slide down blocks. Showcases a bit of a mean streak as an in-line run blocker. Does a nice job pumping his legs through plays, sticking to blocks and finishing through the whistle. Has the ability to flat out dominate once he gets his hands on you in the run game, and at times the tape is very good. However, when asked to seal on scoop blocks, he definitely has the body control to get around his target initially off the snap. But, doesn’t seem to possess the same type of killer/finishing instinct. Will let go of his lineman too quickly and allow him to work in pursuit from the backside.

Doesn’t consistently get off the snap count on time. Gets into ruts where he is consistently the last offensive lineman moving off the snap. Possesses the athleticism to still reach pass rushers on the edge at the I-AA level, but won’t be able to get away with it in the pros. Needs to do a better job recognizing stunts and blitz pick-up assignments. At times is slow to react and will give up some penetration/outside pressure because of it. Smooth and graceful on his kick-slide, isn’t overly rangy, but has enough athleticism to reach edge. Is at his best when he gets his hands on you and can slide his feet laterally and mirror through contact. Displays natural anchor strength, but at times will let his pad level rise a bit; can get away with that at 1-AA level, not the pros.

Impression: A natural athlete with good range and overall coordination and bend in the run game. Would like to see him finish more consistently, but has the ability to make a roster, develop and fight for a starting role inside with some time.

NFL Draft 101:

Strengths:

  • Big frame and strong body
  • High leadership skills, was the offensive captain for Lehigh his senior year
  • AP FCS All-American 1st Team
  • Excellent pass blocker
  • Good push in the run game
  • Tough, started last 40 games including a stretch while injured with an ankle injury

Weaknesses:

  • Small school tackle who projects as a guard at the NFL level
  • Footwork is raw and needs work
  • Not extremely mobile
  • Doesn’t always finish plays

GiantsGab Thoughts:

Will Rackley is small school offensive tackle, who will slide inside to guard at the NFL level. Obviously, he’s raw and has work to do. Powerful run blocker, a move to guard might actually make him better. Strong punch, strong guy. The jump concerns you a bit. Lehigh is a FCS school. I-AA. Still good football, but he’s not facing elite rushers from the SEC. So he won’t be able to start right away. Will need at least a year or two. He reminds me a lot of Vlad Ducasse, who went to the Jets last year from UMass. These guys need time, and if you are patient, it will pay off. He’s a third or 4th round pick. For a team that needs interior offensive line help, Rackley would help. I would stay away, just because it’s going to be a few years before he’s ready, and even then, you’re not sure what you’re going to get.

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