PFF scouting report: Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame

Mike Renner and the PFF draft analysts break down the play of Notre Dame's Ronnie Stanley ahead of the 2016 NFL draft.

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PFF scouting report: Ronnie Stanley, OT, Notre Dame

Below is the PFF draft profile for Notre Dame’s Ronnie Stanley, which incorporates PFF’s college grades and scouting intel from our team of analysts. To see all of PFF’s 2016 scouting reports, click here.

Position fit:

Left or right tackle, more suited for a zone scheme.

Stats to know:

Top-five pass-blocking efficiency among Power-5 tackles; only two games graded below -1.0 in two seasons.

What he does best:

• Silky-smooth in pass protection. Able to change directions and mirror pass-rushers seamlessly.

• Fantastic length and uses it well. Keeps hands high in pass protection and lands first punch regularly.

• Didn’t have a game where he allowed more than two pressures last year.

• Does well to lock out his arms once he engages in both run and pass protection.

Biggest concern:

• Play strength is seriously lacking; can get squeezed backwards into the pocket by any reasonable bull-rusher.

• Strength issues show up in run-blocking, as well, and rarely takes guys off the line of scrimmage.

• Will lean on guys in run game instead of driving with his lower half.

• Faced a fairly easy slate of edge rushers compared to his counterparts.

Bottom line:

Stanley’s upside in pass-protection is too much to ignore. Michigan’s Frank Clark in 2014 was the only rusher to get the better of Stanley, and that came in a very limited sample size. It’s rare to see a tackle move as fluidly as Stanley does, and he should be protecting the blind side for many years in the NFL.

  • Erik Van Dootingh

    He allowed 2 pressures and a really bad hold to Shaq Lawson.