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NAME: Ryan Bates

SCHOOL: Penn State

CONFERENCE: Big10

POSITION: Offensive Tackle

CLASS: Redshirt Junior

JERSEY: No. 52

RECRUITMENT RATING: 4-star

HT: 6-4

WT: 305 lbs

D.O.B.: 2/14/1997


PROS: Can be a bit of a chameleon up front, capable of playing Guard or Tackle as needed, making him a potential 6th offensive lineman or flex starter with further physical development, which should add to his value. Bates shows effective hand usage to win stalemates against pass rushers in pass protection. Prefers a club in this regard, dropping a defender’s hands and allowing him to reset his placement. Plays with pleasant, active feet to further generate push up front and reset the line of scrimmage. Footwork allows for lateral mobility and effectiveness outside concepts in the run game.

CONS: Too often comes up empty handed on first punch as a drive blocker. Needs to get more sticky in the hands in order to latch onto the torso of bodies and transition push up the field into an established block. Length is a guilty party in this regard, preventing optimal extension. Issues of hand timing on the outside were much more notable in 2017 when playing on the outside as compared to 2016 reps playing on the inside at Left Guard.

– Kyle Crabbs