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Riley Reiff is not an elite-level tackle prospect.
Too often, teams fall into the trap of simply selecting the best player at a position of need. While this certainly makes sense to a lot of people, it often leads to players who don't perform up to the standards of their draft position.
Riley Reiff is not a bad player.
In fact, Reiff could very well end up being an extremely solid, if not Pro-Bowl caliber player. But at this point in his career, I can't justify him as a top-10 pick, which is exactly where I see him going.
Despite his intelligence and polished footwork, Reiff lacks elite strength for the position.
While that isn't always a problem in the college game, every NFL defensive end possesses a variety of pass-rushing skills to beat tackles. Many of these moves are devastating, and even more troubling is that they can set up a nasty bull rush.
If a tackle anticipates a spin or swim move too heavily, he can be caught giving up too much ground. A smart defensive end, which virtually every NFL end is, will use the tackle's backward momentum and simply drive him deeper into the backfield.At this point, it's game over for the tackle. If the end doesn't drive the tackle straight into the quarterback, he can disengage the block and make the sack himself.
Now, Reiff is no pushover, but he's not ready for the weekly struggle of protecting Ryan Fitzpatrick's blindside, which is what I see him doing next season.
My Best Guess: Buffalo Bills, No. 10