Editor’s Note: As we get ready for the 2012 NFL Draft, we’ll be “meeting” some players who just might find their way to Buffalo come April. In this series we’ll take a look at possible Bills draft picks and break down their abilities and potential.
Overview: This classic blue-collar Iowa blocker is a big, strong hoss of an athlete. Does he have the footwork and skill to warrant a top-ten pick?
Strengths: Ideal size, height, and length for an NFL tackle. Powerful run-blocker who is adept at finishing blocks. Very strong at the point of attack. Good athlete who rarely gets beat outside in pass protection. Uses his hands very well and plays with great technique. Two year starter at left tackle for the Hawkeyes. Excellent awareness and football sense.
Weaknesses: Not quite the athlete that the other top OT prospects in this draft are. Occasionally struggles when asked to backpedal. Will sometimes not get low enough and lose the leverage battle. Will get ran over by a bull rush occasionally.
How He’d Fit in Buffalo: The Bills have built their line on rugged run-blockers, and Reiff would fit right in.
The Bottom Line: Reiff’s ceiling is not as high as his fellow offensive tackles, but he’s going to be a pretty good offensive tackle for a long time. With Buffalo’s quick-hit passing offense and emphasis on power running, Reiff could be very successful as a Bill.