- BProjectionRound 5
- YearRS Junior
- Hand9 ½
- Arm32 ½
Strong Points: Versatile -- started at left tackle, right tackle and guard in his career. Three-year starter. Tries to be tough and physical. Shows good hand use and always tries to get and keep good positioning on his opponent. Good athlete for an offensive lineman. Alert and aware.
Weak Points: Arms are too short to play tackle at the NFL level (32 ½"). Lacks ideal lower body strength to consistently anchor vs. power. Lack of length shows up when trying to block outside speed.
The Way We See It: Bates was primarily a tackle at the college level, but he will move inside in the NFL, as he lacks the length clubs prefer on the edges. Center may be his ultimate position. Still, his versatility will allow him to dress on Sunday as a rookie. He is not a really powerful guy but strong enough. Will still need to add some lower-body strength. Ryan can use his hands and for the most part keeps good position on his opponent. While he isn't the biggest guy, he plays an aggressive game and always looks to finish blocks. Overall, he has limitations but I like his tenacity. Bates could become an eventual starter in the league and the worst case is he is a very solid backup.