Ronnie Stanley NFL Draft 2016: Scouting Report, Grade for Ravens Rookie

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POSITIVES

A three-year starter at Notre Dame, Ronnie Stanley played 13 games at right tackle in 2013 before moving to left tackle and locking down the blindside for his final two seasons. A natural athlete blessed with great length and feet, Stanley is a true left tackle.

Over the last two seasons, Stanley has seen some of the best pass-rushers in college football, and he’s held up remarkably well, surrendering just three sacks in 458 pass block snaps, per College Football Focus. With inexperienced quarterbacks behind him in every game during that time span, that Stanley could keep their jerseys clean is impressive.

An easy, fluid mover, Stanley gets to the second level before anyone else on the offensive line. He’s easy to confuse for a tight end in warm-ups because of how agile he is moving around the field. He’s a smart technician with great hand placement and timing on his punch.

With 35 ⅝" arms, Stanley can outreach defenders and keep them from ever turning the corner on him. A poised, confident blocker, Stanley is almost never beat around the corner and has the recovery speed to shift inside or outside to truly protect his spot.

There isn’t much Stanley can’t do. He’s agile, smart, flexible and understands the fundamentals of the position at a high level.

NEGATIVES

A lack of power in his punch is the first issue that NFL scouts mention when you talk to them about Stanley. His lean, long frame doesn’t have the core strength to anchor against bull-rushers, and he’ll need to consider adding both bulk and power as a professional. This shows up more in the run game where Stanley doesn’t dump defenders or get a big push off the line.

By adding power and slightly improving his technique to churn his feet through run blocks, Stanley can become both quick and strong in the run game.

Stanley’s 11 penalties on the season are on the high end for a premier blocker. He got caught holding on the corner several times, which may be in response to a lack of power to rock back edge-rushers. Doubters will point to an easy schedule of pass-rushers on Notre Dame’s schedule.


COMBINE RESULTS

Height: 6'6"

Weight: 312 lbs.

40 Time: 5.20s

Arm Length:  35 ⅝"

3-Cone: 8.03s

Short Shuttle: 4.90s

PRO COMPARISON: D'Brickashaw Ferguson, Retired
FINAL GRADE: 7.15/9.00 (Round 1—Rookie Starter)