Prospect: Reid Fragel, OT, Ohio StateReid Fragel

Height: 6’7⅝”

Weight: 308 lb.

Athleticism:

  • Converted tight end, shows in his movement and athletic ability
  • Impressive lateral mover whether shuffling to mirror or moving down the line on zone concepts
  • Gets to downfield blocking targets quickly with an explosive first step and open field speed
  • Tall and super lean build with adequate length for the position
  • Still filling out his frame, packed on 20 pounds between junior and senior seasons, still small in thighs and glutes
  • Much stronger in the upper and lower body than his body indicates

Intelligence/Effort:

  • Has an attitude and tenacity about him, likes to scrap a bit after the play
  • Is a to-the-whistle blocker with a high energy level, out there to prove himself on every snap
  • Only a single season of starting experience on the offensive line, playing only right tackle
  • Still learning to communicate up front and misses assignments in blitz pick-up with undisciplined eyes
  • Picking up the intricacies of the offensive tackle position relatively quickly, was always a blocking specialist as a tight end

Pass Blocking:

  • Plays on his toes as a pass blocker predominantly, meets rushers early with an attacking style
  • Rangy against speed rushers running the circle, covers ground quickly in his kickslide
  • Inconsistent foot frequency as a pass blocker, will stop them occasionally and get caught flat-footed
  • Keeps his frame free from contact by meeting rushers first his hands and extending out away from his body
  • Adequate ability to anchor by quickly resetting his feet, will improve with technical development and adding bulk to his lower half
  • Struggles picking up stunting rushers and linebackers in intricate blitz packages, part of the learning process

Run Blocking:

  • Continuously churning his legs as a run blocker, can generate push as a result, never settles for just walling off a defender
  • Sustains blocks well with high effort level and strong hands, difficult for defenders to shed completely
  • Finishes runs blocks with aplomb when he shoots low into contact and gets to the chest of run defenders, very high number of pancake blocks to his name
  • Strong feel for combo blocking with ability to redirect quickly from one target to the next
  • Occasionally loses balance while engaged due to high pad level and an exposed chest to the hands of defenders as a run blocker
  • Has an alarming number of plays where he takes a poor angle to second level linebackers and gets no piece of his targets as a result
  • Loses gap leverage often by not getting play-side of defenders, aiming to simply block them head on and move them back

Technique:

  • Hand placement incredibly inconsistent to put it kindly, unable to lock up or control defenders as a result
  • Lets his hands get too wide often and is prone to holding calls as a result
  • Pad level is a mixed bag like the rest of his game, lowers them more successfully in the running game
  • Lacks knee bend and flexibility to sink his hips which limits ability to drop his pads, more of a waist-bender

Overall:

Reid Fragel truly came out of nowhere, not only as a big-time contributor for the Ohio State Buckeyes, but also as an NFL prospect.  After toiling away at the tight end position for three seasons with little production in the passing game to show for it, he made the switch to offensive tackle and won the right tackle spot immediately.  Fragel had his ups and downs in his lone season in the trenches and is obviously still learning on the fly.  He has the kind of body type and athleticism that coaches will believe they can mold.  With his impressive lateral quickness, he may be a perfect fit in a zone blocking scheme and has the potential to play either tackle spot down the road.  Fragel is a developmental prospect who surely won’t be asked to contribute right away, and rightfully so.  But with some time to polish up the skills he’s shown in only a single season plying his trade up front, the potential is quite high.  When you pop in the tape of Reid Fragel, you see a guy who’s anxious to prove himself on every single snap until he hears the whistle.  Coaches will love that in a guy who still needs development, because it means he’ll come to practice every day with a chip on his shoulder.  Fragel is a solid day three target for teams looking to get deeper at offensive tackle.

Originally published at DetroitLionsDraft.com: Reid Fragel Scouting Report

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