Ryan Bates

Penn State
G
OL05

Prospect Info

College
Penn State
Hometown
Class
Warrington, PA
r-Junior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 4"
306 lbs
32 1/2”
Hands
9 1/2”

Prospect Grade

5.10
Better-than-Average Chance to Make NFL Roster
How We Grade
40 Yard Dash
5.09
Seconds
 
Bench Press
28
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
27.0
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
102.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
7.45
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
4.53
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
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Seconds
 

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Bates was born on Valentine's Day 1997 and will likely be loved by NFL offensive line coaches because of his toughness and versatility. He was an all-state and All-Philadelphia Catholic League selection after helping Archbishop Wood High School win back-to-back titles his junior and senior years. Bates redshirted in 2015 and then earned a starting role in all 14 games (first 10 at left guard, final four at left tackle) the following season, garnering USA Today Freshman All-American honors. He missed three games during his sophomore season due to a leg injury but was still voted third-team All-Big Ten by league coaches after starting 8 of 10 games played at left tackle. He was a third-team all-conference pick in 2018, as well, starting all 13 contests for the Nittany Lions (nine at left tackle, four at right tackle). Son of Norman Bates (no, he doesn't own a motel).
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Priority free agent
Overview
College tackle lacking the physical profile to stay at tackle in the NFL but deficient in leverage and power that could make a transition to guard too challenging. Bates was an unassuming run-blocker but showed some life in pass pro. His down blocks don't create much push and he rarely plays under the pads of his opponents. He's not as broad or strong as teams will want along the interior, but he could be given a shot at center for a move-oriented run team. His ability to be an emergency tackle could help his roster cause.
Strengths
  • Can handle emergency duties at swing tackle
  • Decent initial quickness
  • Runs feet up through play-side hip in zone
  • Adequate positional blocker with ability to wall-off
  • Moves well when asked to pull
  • Sound in his pass sets with flat-back and tucked chin
  • Unleashes stiff, well-timed jab that slows rushers
  • Feints punches to lure opponents hands out first
  • Adequate slide quickness in either direction
  • Better body control than expected for his frame
Weaknesses
  • Likely to be bumped inside because of his narrow frame
  • Lacks mass through hips and thighs
  • Works with consistently tall pad level
  • Can't find leverage so he can't find power
  • Very little momentum into engagement as move-blocker
  • Needs to learn to re-set hands more consistently
  • Slow hands lack assertiveness in run game
  • Could struggle to maintain punch against violent hand fighter
  • Lacks functional anchor against bull rush
  • Gives away his edges in protection

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GRADE
9.00-10
Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99
Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99
Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49
Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99
Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49
Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99
Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49
NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19
Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00
50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99
Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74
Chance to be in an NFL training camp
NO GRADE
Likely needs time in developmental league