Reid Fragel: 5 Things You Need to Know About the Ohio State OT
The Ohio State Buckeyes lost a couple of offensive tackles to the draft last season, so they converted tight end Reid Fragel to the position.
He might not be a highly touted tackle prospect, but he is an intriguing late-round guy given his athleticism. Here are five things you should know about him.
Full Name: Reid Fragel
Hometown: Grosse Pointe Farms, Michigan
School: Ohio State
Fragel hails from a town that is a bus ride away from the locale in the film Grosse Point Blank.
Fragel has good sports genes. He has a sister who rows for the renown Miami squad, and his grandfather was a college basketball coach.
Fragel's offensive stats are irrelevant at this point being that he was converted to an offensive lineman, but you will find his meager receiving statistics from his days as a tight end below.
He was a nice surprise at right tackle for Urban Meyer, to the point where he named a fictitious award after him for coming out of nowhere. Ohio State had a good offense—averaging 5.2 yards per carry on the ground—and Fragel was a big contributor.
Weight: 308 lbs.
Arm Length: 33"
Hand Size: 10 5/8"
40-yard dash: 5.14 seconds
225-pound bench press reps: 33 (top performer)
Broad jump: 113.0 inches (top performer)
Vertical jump: 30.0 inches (top performer)
3-cone drill: 7.68 seconds
20-yard shuttle: 4.68 seconds
A converted tight end, Fragel showed nice athleticism at the combine. He was a tad slower than you might expect a former tight end to be, but he showed off his bench-pressing skills, and he did rather well in the jump events.
He's also huge.
Converted Tight End
You might think that a converted tight end will have trouble at the next level, but Fragel is not blazing a new trail.
Indeed, it might be the road less traveled, but there are converted tight ends with great success in the NFL. Eric Winston is one such example, having played tight end at Miami before being moved over to tackle.
Fragel might work best in a zone-blocking scheme given his athleticism.
What is the word on Reid Fragel in the Twitterverse?
Bengals working out Reid Fragel. My 7-Round Bengals mock submitted last night included him.— Joe Goodberry (@JoeGoodberry) April 22, 2013
There are people in life who want nothing more than for you to fail. Accept that and use it to your advantage.— Reid Fragel (@Fragel77) April 1, 2013
Ohio St OT Reid Fragel an interesting prospect. He's huge & it's all upside. He was a TE until his senior year. "My best FB is ahead of me."— Rick Gosselin (@RickGosselinDMN) February 23, 2013