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Guys, Will Ratelle is really, REALLY good.


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His defect is that he's short. 5'9.625". But he's huge for his height. 251 lbs. And he's a freaky athlete.

40 time: 4.57
10 split: 1.59
Bench: 36 reps
Vert: 36"
Broad: 9'10"
3 cone: 6.92s
20yd ss: 4.34s

I think he's making the roster. I'd rather see him on the field spelling Jones and Campbell than Worrilow.

We might be trying him out as a FB but I really like him at LB.

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http://www.nfl.com/draft/2016/profiles/william-ratelle?id=2556334

Dude is absurdly thick and stocky.  Instincts look really good on film and man does he hammer people.  He could definitely have a chance to make the roster as depth or practice squad.

ANALYSIS

 

STRENGTHS

 

 Consistent effort and performance. Nasty when ball is snapped pummeling crossing routes and taking on guards with as much jolt behind his forearm shivers as he can generate. Much better athlete than the cover of book would indicate. Pro day numbers checked boxes for speed (4.54-second 40-yard dash), power (36 reps of 225 pounds on the bench press) and explosion (36-inch vertical). Has suddenness to his movements. Field leader and weight room monster who lines up defense. Has agility and twitch to matchup with running backs out of the backfield. Played fullback in high school and has worked out for teams at that position as well.

 

WEAKNESSES

 

 Much shorter and stockier than the typical NFL inside linebacker. Will carry some excess weight on his frame. Can be overwhelmed by taller offensive linemen and lose track of the ball. Lack of overall length (included arm length) will slightly limit his range as a tackler in space. Short strides could provide challenge when matched up on vertical tight ends.

 

DRAFT PROJECTION

 

 Rounds 5 or 6

 

BOTTOM LINE

 It is easy to get caught up the short, stocky frame and just assume Ratelle is going to be a stiff, plugger with a try­-hard attitude and a lack of next-­level talent, but that would be incorrect. With as much twitch and downhill talent as many of the inside linebackers in this draft, Ratelle's only glaring liability is his lack of length at a position that sometimes requires it. Ratelle should hear his name on day three and is capable of becoming a very good backup with eventual starter ability, but don't sleep on a team's desire to transition him over to fullback.

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11 minutes ago, Kayoh said:

 


His defect is that he's short. 5'9.625". But he's huge for his height. 251 lbs. And he's a freaky athlete.

40 time: 4.57
10 split: 1.59
Bench: 36 reps
Vert: 36"
Broad: 9'10"
3 cone: 6.92s
20yd ss: 4.34s

I think he's making the roster. I'd rather see him on the field spelling Jones and Campbell than Worrilow.

We might be trying him out as a FB but I really like him at LB.

And just like that, we have this year's recipient of the "Bernard Reedy/Sunshine Manger 'Did We Get Lucky?' Award".

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Just now, MD-FalconFan13 said:

All,

Please go to 4:13 and watch the guy completely pancake a OL before making the tackle for no gain. WTF that was a great play. This guy could be a problem.

Yeah, that was the play that caused me to pause the video and post this topic actually. He's INSANELY twitchy.

Just now, pa_falcon_fan said:

Because information offends you?   

admittedly it gets really annoying seeing full scouting reports from other websites posted in the comments of these threads. Post the link and let people go there and read it, don't copy+paste the entire article.

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