2021 NFL Draft Scouting Report: OT Robert Hainsey

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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

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Kyle Crabbs

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Kyle Crabbs is the Director of Scouting for The Draft Network. Prior to his time with TDN, Kyle worked for seven years as the founder of his own third-party scouting service, NDT Scouting. Providing media coverage and also consultation services for agencies, Crabbs penned an annual NFL Draft Prospectus featuring 300+ player profiles on an annual basis from 2014-2020. Crabbs is currently the co-host of the Draft Dudes podcast with fellow TDN scout Joe Marino and helps coordinate TDN's national scouting effort.

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