Mar 1, 2012

Browns Draft Report: Riley Reiff

OT, Iowa, 6’6” 300
Report: Reiff is the 2nd best offensive tackle in the draft behind Matt Kalil. Most years, he would be rated the best at his position. Reiff is 23 years old, which hurts his draft stock a little bit, but it isn't a big concern. Like many other Big 10 prospects that have come before him, Reiff really excels at run blocking and bringing an intense, ferocious attitude each and every snap.
How the Browns could get him: This is a curveball in the Browns’ strategy that not many people are talking about. Here is my scenario on how they could land him. TRADE DOWN! There are many out there that think if RG3 is there at 4, take him. I’d be okay with that. But if Heckert and Holmgren aren’t 100% sold on Griffin, don’t be surprised if we toss the pick. Two obvious trade partners would be Miami and Washington. If we trade down a few spots, we could be looking at four top 40 picks. Maybe more depending on how bad a team wants RG3.
What he could do for the Browns: Why would we take another LT? Why not? Joe Thomas is entrenched at LT and is arguably the best in the league. However, we clearly had trouble on the right side of the line. If we resign Hillis there is no need to take Trent in the top 10. With two dominant tackles, any QB can at least feel comfortable in the pocket, same with the running game. OL is always the safest pick in a first round. If you’re feeling conservative, don’t risk it and solidify our line. Imagine two top 10 tackles in the league on the Browns. Plus, the trade would likely give us more picks to fill our holes. For those who think Colt deserves a better chance, this may be the best thing to do to the kid.
Concerns: The first thing I thought of while writing this section is there are clearly far less concerns about Reiff than the previous possibilities. That’s a good start. The biggest risk is that if this strategy doesn’t pan out, you have an expensive backup tackle and still have a ton of holes. This would be even worse if RG3 turns into a stud and Colt falters. Its also a considerable team risk drafting a position that isn’t in dire need like others.
As for his play, he can learn better footwork and blocking schemes, but is probably the safest bet. Its something to think about. 

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