Offensive Tackle, Notre Dame 6ft 6in – 312lbs
|40yd dash: 5.2s||Bench Press: 24 reps|
|Vertical Jump: N/A||3 Cone Drill: 7.96s|
|Broad Jump: N/A||20yd Shuttle: 4.68s|
Aside from quarterback, offensive tackle is the most important offensive position, and that is often reflected in the draft. Leading up to this draft, it’s seemed like a foregone conclusion that Laremy Tunsil, the best tackle – potentially player – in this draft, would certainly be the first OT off the board. But, Ronnie Stanley is no slouch, and has slowly been gaining ground on Tunsil and it isn’t hard to see why. As you’d expect coming from Notre Dome, he’s is technically and fundamentally sound. He is very quick out of the blocks and gets into his pass set just as promptly. He is composed and has an excellent and effective punch and hand placement. This all means he rarely gets beaten around the edge by speed and he consistently wins with his hand and foot activity. He’s as athletic as you’d like and it shows on tape in the run game, as he can get off the snap and make it to the backside to block comfortably. Also, just to top it all off, he is very durable and reliable. He does need to get stronger, though, as he rarely overpowers opponents. Since the Combine, Stanley has had visits with 6 teams (SF, CHI, NYG, JAC, BAL, TEN), with the Ravens and 49ers both meeting with him privately and at the Combine. The Titans, on the other hand, took it one further and had him in for a workout. The 49ers and Ravens increased interest makes sense as not only would he fill a big need but 6th or 7th is right where he deserves to be drafted. However, the Chargers are reportedly interested in drafting him at 3rd overall, over Laremy Tunsil. Realistically, I think Stanley will be drafted between 6th and 10th and whoever gets him will be getting a linchpin left tackle.