Photo of R.J. Dill
Grade
56.8 ?

Draft Analysis:

  • 6'7" Height
  • 310LBS. Weight

Overview

Dill made the decision to transfer from the University of Maryland after the 2011 season (the team went 2-10 under new head coach Randy Edsall) to take advantage of the NCAA rule allowing players earning their degree to go to another school with a graduate program unavailable at their current school. He had no shortage of suitors, but decided to finish his career at Rutgers, not only because their New Jersey campus is only a couple of hours drive from his hometown of Mechanicsburg, Pa., but also because of the general program fit. That decision certainly made his new coaches happy, but also thrilled his teammates -– especially the quarterbacks he protects and running backs he creates holes for off the edge.



Dill played in every game as a redshirt freshman for the Terps, starting eight games at right tackle -– including the final five. He took that experience into the 2010 season, starting the first three games against right tackle before moving to the left side for the remainder of the year to take over for the injured Justin Gilbert. Dill moved back to right tackle for his junior year, starting all 12 games on that side of the line. As a senior, Dill once again started every game for Rutgers at right tackle.

Analysis

Strengths

Possesses height and length to handle NFL defenders on the edge, also has improved his overall strength over time. Plays with a wide base. Regularly sticks on blocks with bend and footwork, sustains throughout the play even if defender attempts to escape. Anchors against bull rushes, sets his feet and uses upper body strength to hold firm. Flashes the ability to get inside targets on the line and second level to cut off back side pursuit. Gives good effort to reach late blitzers after doubling inside.

Weaknesses

Initial quickness from a three-point stance is not elite for his size, might struggle to reach pro defensive linemen and handle the edge on zone plays consistently. His height gives opponents a big chest target to hit, can be punched back to reach backs coming into the hole. Quicker defenders can get him to cross his feet or lean heavily outside off the snap with a strong upfield rush. Initial punch could be stronger and more direct, and better ends can win the hand battle after first contact. Recovery speed once beaten or when stopping his feet is only adequate, though he can use his length to push rushers around the pocket or slow them down. Speed to the second level and ability to adjust to quick targets there are lacking.

NFL Comparison

Breno Giacomini

Bottom Line

Dill’s transfer from Maryland to Rutgers was a great boon to the Scarlet Knights’ offense. He brought starting experience as well as the length and strength on the edge that is difficult for college defenders to handle. Pro defensive ends might have an easier time unless he improves his lateral agility and recovery speed, but he has the attributes to compete for playing time at the next level as a late-round pick.
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Grade Title Draft (Round) Description
96-100 Future Hall of Famer Top Pick A once-in-a-generation type prospect who could change how his position is played
85-95 Immediate Starter 1st An impact player with the ability/intangibles to become a Pro Bowl player. Expect to start immediately except in a unique situation (i.e. behind a veteran starter).
70-84 Eventual Starter 2nd-3rd A quality player who will contribute to the team early on and is expected to develop into a starter. A reliable player who brings value to the position.
50-69 Draftable Player 4th-7th A prospect with the ability to make team as a backup/role player. Needs to be a special teams contributor at applicable positions. Players in the high range of this category might have long-term potential.
20-49 Free Agent UDFA A player with solid measurables, intangibles, college achievements, or a developing skill that warrants an opportunity in an NFL camp. In the right situation, he could earn a place on a 53-man roster, but most likely will be a practice squad player or a camp body.

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