PROS: Powerful and athletic. Thick in his lower half with outstanding functional strength. Notable strength throughout his frame - pop in his punch to stun pads, core strength to stay square and bow his upper half to help create torque and the leg drive to move bodies against their will. Does a great job of working all the components of his frame in unison to maximize his play strength. Surprising amount of quickness for his size. Easy lateral mobility and he’s an impressive worker in space. Consistently executes and connects with moving targets on the second level and longer pulls. Love how he takes opponents where they want to go, more than they want to go there and claims wins. Hands are held high and his punch is well-timed, powerful and efficient. Deliberate throughout every rep to fit his hands. Excellent body control and ability to recoil if he ever concedes ground in pass pro. Scheme versatile and offers interior position flexibility.
CONS: He moves extremely well but there’s some bad weight on his frame - could drop 10-15 pounds easily and make him even more mobile. There are some instances where a touch more patience in pass protection would be helpful in his efforts to frame and mirror - feet can get a bit antsy. There were some communication breakdowns with his guards, particularly when exchanging stunting pass rushers. Didn’t always appear comfortable when uncovered on passing downs.
BEST TRAIT - Power, Mobility, Versatility
WORST TRAIT - Timing in Pass Pro
RED FLAGS - None
NFL COMP - Eric Wood
Cesar Ruiz enters the NFL after starting 31 games for Michigan with 26 of those coming at center and five at right guard. A blend of size, power, mobility and technique, Ruiz projects favorably to any interior spot along the offensive line at the next level. For such a massive man, Ruiz displays outstanding mobility and he is highly effective working laterally and in space. His versatility extends beyond just the ability to play any spot along the interior, he has the attributes needed to thrive in both gap and zone blocking run schemes. Ruiz does have room to grow with some timing elements in pass protection and he could benefit from dropping some bad weight on his frame. Ruiz projects as an early impact starter in the NFL with the upside to become the pillar of an NFL offensive line for years to come.