2017 NFL DRAFT

Ronnie Stanley, OT

School: Notre Dame  |  Conference: FBS Independents
Hometown: Las Vegas, NV
Height/Weight: 6-6 / 312 lbs.
Projected Ranking
OverallPositionProj. Rnd.
921

Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
5.203.03-- 28 1/2-4.908.03
Workout Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
5.183.031.79- 28 1/2-4.908.03

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Player Overview

Stanley is a dancing bear with the athleticism to set up, seal the edge and get a cup of coffee before most rushers can react, but his play in 2015 exposed some of his issues.

Had he turned pro in 2015, he would have likely been the top offensive lineman selected and there is still an abundance of traits scouts appreciate in Stanley, including upside.

He has experience at right tackle (13 starts in 2013) and left tackle (27 starts the past two seasons) with athleticism to suit any offensive scheme.

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Stanley passes the eye test with a girthy frame, long arms and the set-up quickness to protect the edge and mirror speed rushers in space. His long arms and fluid slide allow him to protect the edge, even when matched up against speed pass rushers. Plays on the balls of his feet with his knee bent, displaying good lateral agility and balance to mirror rushers. He has heavy hands and long arms, allowing him to catch and control opponents.

Also shows strength and determination in the running game. Drives defenders off the ball in short-yardage situations, and speed and terrific effort getting to and effectively blocking at the second level.

Besides size, athleticism and toughness, Stanley shows other traits that will earn him kudos with scouts, including good awareness and competitiveness. Keeps his head on a swivel and looks for peel back blocks on defenders in pursuit. Will block one defender before switching off to hit another.

Further, he's more technically sound than one might expect for a young player. Stanley shoots his hands to stun defenders but isn't over-aggressive, demonstrating the patience that most blockers don't develop for years. He understands blocking with angles, using arm bars and running with defenders downfield to keep his opponent from making the tackle.

WEAKNESSES: Young player still developing his immense skillset. He will play too high at times and needs to better sink and improve his blocking angles. When defenders are able to attack his chest, it doesn't take much for them to drive Stanley backward on his heels as he struggles to reset his anchor.

COMPARES TO: D'Brickashaw Ferguson, New York Jets - Dancing bears who use their natural athleticism and length to shut down speed, Stanley needs some time to refine his technique and improve his functional strength to handle NFL rushers, similar to Ferguson when he entered the league.

IN OUR VIEW: His lacks technical refinement and will struggle initially in the NFL as he learns the finer points to the game, but he has the size, length and athletic ability that few his size possess, which is why he'll be drafted high.

--Dane Brugler & Rob Rang (11/19/15)

 
 
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