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Seahawks select....Ray Willis
OT | (6'5", 327, 5.3) | FLORIDA STATE
Strengths: Is a prototypical right tackle prospect with very good size and strength. Is at his best as a run blocker in the phone booth. Has good initial quickness for his size. Shows some initial power and the ability to knock defenders back with his hand punch. He takes solid angles and typically does a good job of getting in position in the running game. He is very strong in his upper body and shows the ability finish most defenders off once he has locked on. His effort is excellent. He will do a great job of driving his legs and working to finish. He also is adept at cutting defenders in space. He isn't as effective in pass pro, but he isn't necessarily a liability, either. He has adequate quickness in his set. Is aggressive and likes to attack before DE's have a chance to take him wide. He plays with good balance and leverage. Also shows solid hand-placement and a powerful punch. Is a leader, a high-character player/person, and a hard worker on and off the field.
Weaknesses: Lacks ideal athleticism. Is not nearly as effective in the running game when forced to block downfield. He doesn't run very well and takes too long to get to the second level. He is adequate in tight spaces in pass pro, but if you can get him wide and force him back on his heels, he lacks ideal COD skills. He will have trouble redirecting back inside versus the double move and can really look stiff against top-flight edge rushers.
Overall: Willis redshirted in 2000 and played as a reserve "tight" tackle behind Brett Williams from 2001-'02 before taking over as a fulltime starter at the position in 2003. Willis remained the Seminoles fulltime starter as a senior in 2004 and finished with 36 total starts during his collegiate career. Willis is a right tackle prospect with good size, strength and toughness. Willis will slip on draft day due to his athletic limitations, but he could turn out to be a good value for the team that takes a chance on him early on Day 2. If Willis continues to improve his feet and gets a chance to prove himself in the NFL he has enough size, strength, toughness and character to emerge as a starting right tackle in the right scheme. If nothing else, Willis has enough physical tools and versatility to backup the ROT and both OG positions, and he's the type of hard-worker and disciplined player you want around the locker room and practice field.
This is a gut who was touted to come to us by some. There is real value in the remaining picks. DO NOT PANIC!!!!! WE ARE ALL TRAINED PROFESSIONALS!!!
Ray Willis, OT, Florida State
Height: 6:05.5 Weight: 327
Overview: Another highly-recruited offensive lineman out of the state of Texas, Willis teamed with Alex Barron to give the Seminoles one of the best tackle tandems in college football. Willis is a well-respected team leader who is mature, married and one that takes great pride in his play. He has above average ability to sustain blocks and always plays with solid effort. He was an All-District, Class 5A All-State selection and All-Midland Region choice as a senior at Angleton High. His prep team ran a West Coast style offense and he earned Super Prep Top 30 honors, in addition to being rated the 34th-best offensive lineman in the country by Rivals.com. He chose FSU over Texas A&M, Purdue, Tulane, Arkansas and Oklahoma. Willis redshirted as a freshman in 2000, but entered the FSU program with a heavy heart, as his mother passed away during his first day on campus. He played in every game in 2002, earning three starting assignments for an injured Todd Williams. Willis took over right tackle duties in 2002, but missed two games (Duke and Virginia) with a right ankle sprain. He also played the second half of that year with a left shoulder injury that would require bristow surgery after the season. Willis would extend his string to 35 career starts by lining up at right tackle in every contest during the 2004 campaign.
Analysis: Positives... Has a wide frame with solid overall muscle development, above average arm length, tick hips, bubble, thighs and calves. ... Possesses a wide chest, broad shoulders and a frame that can add more bulk. ... While he does not have sustained speed, he is quick off the snap and shows good power to lock on and control. ... Uses his hands and reach to keep defenders off his body and shows the ability create movement off the football. ... Is quick to seal and does a good job of getting to the second level to make contact. ... Plays on his feet and while he is not a hip roller, he uses his natural size to anchor and dominate the action at the line. ... Able to make good adjustments with his feet when on the move and always plays until the whistle. ... Active with his hands and does a good job of refitting. ... Shows above average awareness to locate and pick up stunts and blitzes. ... Displays fluidity when sliding and getting to the cut-off point. ... Has a knack for using his long arms to extend and maintain position. ... His lateral slide allows him to easily change direction and mirror. ... Even when he plays high, he will jab and punch to keep the defender in front of him in order to prevent from being walked back.
Negatives... Has a strong hand punch, but does not throw them often, relying more on placement to lock on and sustain. ... Needs to add some lower body power, as he can lose some ground vs. a strong bull rush, but he has the body control to recover and hold position for the pocket. ... Lacks explosion coming off the snap and because of his adequate lower body strength, he can be pushed back on his heels vs. a strong bull rush. ... Looks stiff trying to retreat in pass protection, lacking good hip snap. ... Will give good effort on the field, but needs to show more aggression. ... Labors to get up field and lacks balance when having to move to the second level. ... Does not have the change of direction agility to recover when he is pushed back on his heels trying to combat the wide rush. ... Struggles to redirect in-line when facing double moves. ... Has the natural size to anchor, but must keep his base wide in order to prevent him losing balance in his kick slide. ... Has had a series of problems with his left shoulder that could need further medical evaluation.
Agility tests: CAMPUS: NOTE -- On Pro Day, FSU players ran outdoors on a very, very fast rubber Tartan track. Many players ran their 40s with shoes that had nubs, which helps get better traction and lends to faster times...5.15 in the 40-yard dash...405-pound bench press...651-pound squat...304-pound power clean...25.5-inch vertical jump...7'11" long jump...5.06 20-yard shuttle...8.56 three-cone drill...Right-handed...24/26 Wonderlic score. COMBINE: Bench-pressed 225 pounds 27 times...35 -inch arm length...10 5/8-inch hands...24 Wonderlic score.
High school: Attended Angleton (Tex.) High School...Another highly-recruited offensive lineman out of the state of Texas...His prep team ran a West Coast style offense...All-District selection as a senior...Honorable mention Class 5A All-State choice...Super Prep's No. 28 offensive lineman and No. 36 prospect in Texas...All-Midlands Region honorable mention selection by Prep Star...Chose FSU over Texas A&M, Purdue, Tulane, Arkansas and Oklahoma.
Personal: Social Science major...Married the former Kimberly Pettaway in June 2004...Born 8/13/82... Resides in Angleton, Texas.
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