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2021 NFL Draft Scouting Report: OT Robert Hainsey

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  • December 30, 2020
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Notre Dame OT Robert Hainsey projects as a low-end starting offensive tackle in the NFL. Hainsey brings three years of starting experience at right tackle at Notre Dame with him to the NFL level and he is a player who is near his physical ceiling as a prospect thanks to his extensive experiences as a starter in South Bend. Hainsey brings a top-heavy build to the tackle position, but plenty of NFL length and suitable range in his pass sets. He’ll be most effective in zone concepts in the ground game with his reach and fringe bulk for the NFL. You certainly wish he had a little bit more functional strength to work with to help him win the point of attack, but Hainsey’s frame does not appear well suited to stack a lot of extra weight on. If he did, you’d have to question if it would cut into his functional athleticism. Due to this conflict, I do consider him to be a fairly low-ceiling prospect—but smart, technical offensive linemen will always warrant a look at the pro level. 

Ideal Role: Backup offensive tackle.

Scheme Fit: Outside/wide zone heavy rushing offense.


Written by Kyle Crabbs

Games watched: Georgia (2019), Duke (2020), North Carolina (2020), Florida State (2020), Clemson (2020)

Best Game Studied: Florida State (2020)

Worst Game Studied: Georgia (2019)

Balance: Foot speed is a lingering sore spot that creates problems when Hainsey looks to work in space. He’ll compensate by extending out overtop of his toes or extending his hands to chase the block. Hainsey, when attached to the body of blockers, does show the ability to string and extend to utilize their momentum against them. But with that in mind, I wouldn’t consider this a pure strength of his game. 

Pass Sets: Hainsey is most appealing in slide protections and short sets, if he’s left to push and take angles to greet wide-angled rushers, he’s unlikely to have success against giving rushers two-way gos. Hainsey’s sets aren’t overly nimble and are largely linear; his mirror skills are limited by his foot speed. Vertical passing offenses that call upon 5-7 step drops with frequency will test his range on the edge. 

Competitive Toughness: Hainsey offers a good deal of second effort; he’ll mask some of his losses on early reps with secondary effort. Hainsey has adequate functional strength and illustrates good skills in close quarters to wrangle defensive ends. You’ll see Hainsey show good effort on plays that hit to the boundary when he’s working off the backside; he’ll continue to work up the field to try to hunt up a pursuit block and try to spring a big play. 

Lateral Mobility: I’d classify his mobility as average when he’s looking to string out plays or gain leverage on outside runs. His short-area agility isn’t going to jump off the page at you and he’ll leave his feet behind his blocks. There are much better outcomes when he’s attached to blocks to help temper the pace of the flow. He feels susceptible to inside counters.  

Length: Hainsey certainly has the length necessary to play on the edge. With his modest athleticism, his length is essential to finding integrity along the edges of the pocket. It shines when he’s able to attach his hands to blocks as well and when he’s occupying the second level, Hainsey’s punch reach will force linebackers and flowing defenders to bubble to avoid contact and offer his ball-carrier a little wiggle room. 

Football IQ: Hainsey is a savvy, well-seasoned offensive tackle prospect. He’s got good awareness to twist and stunt game to identify and not vacate needed real estate, and showed good chemistry with his inside blockers to secure and exchange on those reps. Hainsey shows good assignment awareness as well, regardless of whether or not his physical skills allow for execution. 

Hand Technique: There’s plenty of strike variance and I like how Hainsey continues to work to reset his hands; he’s not one to struggle with complacency with placement. He does well to secure a fit but not grab and hold when working on his lateral blocks and transitioning momentum from defenders against them. 

Anchor Ability: There are issues with settling down against power when Hainsey gets tested off the edge, which is rooted with his foot speed and ability to establish his base to properly frame his set. When he is tested with head-on bull rushes, Hainsey does offer the ability to sustain against edge rushers—he’s got sufficient hand pop to offset initial charges and enough upper-body and core strength to negate the gains into his quarterback. 

Power at P.O.A.: Hainsey’s raw push doesn’t really generate a great deal of movement. He plays on a physical offensive line surrounded by maulers and you see him show push when he’s working double teams or stepping into leverage down blocks. Yet, his vertical climb and pure drive blocks offer a fair amount of good initial pop but lack the kind of movement to soften edges to create clear running lanes. 

Versatility: There don’t appear to be very many avenues to playing time for Hainsey other than the right tackle position. Traditionally, you’d like a little more athleticism from your blindside protector on the left side and he’s lacking in the lower-body power and strength in his lower half to lock horns with interior defenders. There’s a “right tackle only” feel with his resume. That is, of course, unless you kick him inside — where Hainsey was trailed during the 2021 Senior Bowl.  

Prospect Comparison: Rob Havenstein (Los Angeles Rams, 2015 NFL Draft)


TDN Consensus: 73.67/100

Joe Marino: 73.50/100

Kyle Crabbs: 74.50/100

Jordan Reid: NA/100

Drae Harris: 73.00/100

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