Demetrius Rhaney, C

School: Tennessee State  |  Conference: OVC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Height/Weight: - / - lbs.
Projected Ranking
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Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
Workout Results
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Player Overview

Rhaney's road to the NFL has been long and arduous, and includes one of the most insipiring stories in the 2014 NFL Draft class.

He lost his mother to illness in the seventh grade, but promised her before her death that he would graduate school. However, Rhaney's high school closed, and he wound up at Academy High in Coral Springs, Fla. Then that school closed before he could graduate.

Rhaney moved on to yet another high school, Stranahan High, where he had gone in ninth grade, according to a Yahoo! Sports feature on his life. He was offered a scholarship to Alabama A&M, but he was only able to produce the Stranahan transcript but not from the others in order to pass through the clearing house.

With little family to turn to for help in obtaining the records he needed, a neighbor attempted to help but finding anyone to contact proved difficult. A former teammate helped earn Rhaney an opportunity at Ellsworth C.C., but he had to pay his own way to Iowa Falls, Iowa. His grandfather pawned some jewelry from his late wife to help pay for the plane fare, with friends shipping in to pay for the rest.

It was the first plane flight of his life, and he didn't have money for a return ticket.

Rhaney earned playing time as a freshman, starting 11 games at right tackle. He moved to guard the following season, meanwhile earning an associates degree that gave him the records he needed to attend Tennessee State.

Rhaney started seven games at right guard aas a junior before moving to center last season. He started all 14 games, and was a main attraction for representatives from 31 NFL teams who showed up at Tennessee State's pro day.

"Rhaney's gonna make it with somebody; I have no doubt," position coach Russ Ehrenfeld told Yahoo. "Because of his personality and his fight."

Rhaney earned an invite to the Super Regional Combine in Detroit, where he ran a 4.90-second 40-yard dash and posted 24 reps on the 225-pound bench press.

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Looks the part with good upper and lower body thickness for the position. Keeps his knees bent to anchor and absorb contact at the point of attack. Natural movements, changing directions well and looks natural blocking on the move. Dependable and determined and has overcome quite a bit to arrive at this point, leaving everything out on the field with a terrific motor.

WEAKNESSES: Lacks shock in his hands and needs to be more forceful. Struggles to recover after false steps or once rushers gain leverage. Faced a lower level of competition after time at the JUCO level, lacking ideal experience. Rudimentary understanding of angles and has room to become more technically refined.

--Dane Brugler

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05/12/2014 - A closer look at the Rams' picks: Round 7/250 - Demetrius Rhaney, C, 6-2, 300, Tennessee State...The Rams like him as a potentially versatile inside player. Transferred to Tennessee State from Ellsworth CC where he played right tackle and guard, and started at right guard at Tennessee State as a junior. Was switched to center for his final year and started the entire season. He caught NFL eyes at his Pro Day, and has an inherent passion for the game. - The Sports Xchange


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