With the 10th Pick in the 2012 NFL Draft, The Buffalo Bills select:
Riley Reiff, Offensive Tackle, Iowa
Love this pick by the Bills, before getting Mario Williams I thought they would go with a DE here, but instead they go with Reiff who is the second best OT in this draft and could be a franchise LT, something the Bills would love to have to protect Fitzpatrick.
scouting report (via WalterFootball):
Mirrors well with speed rushers
Anchors well against bull rushers
Quality run blocker
Good pad level
Mobility to hit blocks on the second level
Reliable pass protector
Flexible to play zone-blocking or man-blocking scheme
Kicks out well to set up perimeter runs
Ready to play immediately in the NFL
Arm length is less than ideal
Doesn't overpower in the ground game
Allowed some sacks in 2011
Good enough athleticism, but not an elite athlete
Summary: The consensus second-rated offensive tackle in the 2012 NFL Draft is a well-rounded prospect. Reiff is a good athlete who is a dependable pass protector and a quality run blocker. Reiff was clearly well coached at Iowa, and he enters the NFL with the ability to be a high level technician at left tackle.
In the pass-driven NFL, teams need reliable blind-side protectors, and Reiff fits the bill. He has quick feet and mirrors speed rushers well. He has good knee bend that allows him to maintain leverage against defensive linemen. Reiff has enough strength and weight in his base to anchor against bull rushers.
Reiff had an excellent game last season against Pitt speed-rusher Brandon Lindsey. Everything that Lindsey threw at Reiff was stopped with ease. However, Reiff allowed a sack to Pitt defensive end Aaron Donald. Against Oklahoma, Reiff faired well against pass rusher Frank Alexander. As in the Pitt contest, another defender, R.J. Washington, beat Reiff for a sack. Reiff generally was very dependable to be a good pass protector for Iowa.
Reiff is a strong run blocker who has the strength to move linemen off the line of scrimmage. He can be a drive blocker and has the mobility to hit blocks on the second level of the defense. Iowa had a strong ground game and Reiff was an essential part of it.
Reiff should be able to step in and play immediately in the NFL. It would be a good idea though to give Reiff some help against speed-rushers, as is the case with most rookies, if not veterans. It is expected that Reiff will go in the 6-13 range of the 2012 NFL Draft, and be a long-term answer at tackle for the team that takes him. Reiff also projects to have the ability play right tackle.
Player Comparison: Ryan Clady. Reiff's game mirrors Clady. They both are nice athletes who play with good technique. Clady is a well-rounded blocker who can run block and pass block. In the 2008 NFL Draft, the Broncos took Clady with the 12th overall pick. Reiff should go in the same area.