Cesar Ruiz

Michigan
OL40

Prospect Info

College
Michigan
Hometown
Class
Camden, NJ
Junior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 3"
307 lbs
33 1/8”
Hands
11”

Prospect Grade

6.37
Will be starter within first two seasons
How We Grade
40 Yard Dash
5.08
Seconds
 
Bench Press
28
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
33.0
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
113.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
7.91
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
4.64
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
--
Seconds
 

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Ruiz (pronounced roo-EEZ) grew up in Camden, New Jersey, attending Camden High School before transferring to Florida's IMG Academy for his final two seasons. He left there as the top center prospect in the country, signing with Michigan to continue its tradition of great offensive-line play. Ruiz got on the field sooner than expected, starting five times at right guard and playing in 10 games overall as a true freshman, sometimes as a sixth lineman. He was a third-team All-Big Ten pick as a sophomore and second-team all-conference selection in 2019, starting all 13 games in the pivot each season. Ruiz's father was tragically struck down trying to help someone change a tire on the side of a highway when Cesar was just 8 years old.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
NFL Comparison
James Daniels
Overview
Athletic and tenacious with the combination of skills and technique to fit into a variety of blocking schemes on the next level. Ruiz wins early with initial quickness and fast hands into first contact. He works to convert early advantages into wins. He's consistent in securing down-blocks and has the athletic traits to become a second-level factor. He'll give some ground to power rushers and needs help against wide-bodies, but the tape checks out. Ruiz has early starting potential and should develop into a good pro with guard/center flexibility.
Strengths
  • Excellent snap-to-step quickness
  • Waits for defender to declare before capturing and securing the block
  • Consistent to run feet through double-teams and down-blocks
  • Plays with bend and leverage
  • Fluid on the go and can lead the charge on wide pulls and screens
  • Tenacious demeanor from whistle to whistle
  • Early into pass sets with good hand placement
  • Compact, stiff pass punch with good arm extension
  • Clear eyes to identify pre- and post-snap danger
  • Consistent base width throughout pass sets
  • Has feet and lateral slide to mirror anyone in front of him
Weaknesses
  • Frame appears to lack desired width
  • Could benefit from better acceleration and thump into first blow
  • Needs to work at steering blocks into position
  • Positional blocker with average face-up power
  • Could struggle to set a shallow anchor against NFL bull-rushers
GRADE
8.0
The perfect prospect
7.3-7.5
Perennial All-Pro
7.0-7.1
Pro Bowl talent
6.7-6.8
Year 1 quality starter
6.5
Boom or bust prospect
6.3-6.4
Will be starter within first two seasons
6.1-6.2
Good backup who could become starter
6.0
Developmental traits-based prospect
5.8-5.9
Backup/special-teamer
5.5-5.6
Chance to make end of roster or practice squad
5.4
Priority free agent
5.0-5.1
Chance to be in an NFL training camp
NO GRADE
Likely needs time in developmental league