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Reid Fragel, ROT, Ohio State (Senior)

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 25, 2013 5:34 pm    Post subject: Reid Fragel, ROT, Ohio State (Senior) Reply with quote

RT Reid Fragel, Ohio State
Height 6'8"
Weight 308 lbs.
Arm length 33"
Hand length 10 5/8

40 time 5.14
bench 33 reps
Verticle jump 30"
Broad jump 9'5"
Shuttle 4.68
3-cone 7.62

Fragel signed with Ohio State as a highly touted tight end but grew out of the position, emerging as an honorable mention All-Big Ten right tackle for the Buckeyes as a senior.

At 280 pounds Fragel served as Ohio State's backup tight end over his sophomore and junior seasons, catching a combined 14 passes for 185 yards and a touchdown while also playing special teams.

Urban Meyer and his staff convinced Fragel to make the transition to offensive tackle and he quickly added 20 pounds of muscle to his frame. It is precisely this ability to add weight that has scouts intrigued, as he didn't appear to lose any quickness and has the frame to add another 20 pounds.

Fragel was offered an invitiation to the Senior Bowl but suffered an undisclosed injury during workouts preparing for the all-star game which kept him out. As such, his final grade won't likely be determined until teams get an opportunity to have their own medical staffs check him over at the Combine.


STRENGTHS: Looks the part with good height and length along with the frame to continue and add weight. He is an athletic player with good quickness to get to the second level and blocking in space. Fragel does a nice job using effective angles, squaring his shoulders to rushers and mirroring well.

He plays tough and did a nice job not giving up despite taking some lumps in his first season on the offensive line, showing steadily improvement with each game. He has some experience on both sides, seeing action at LT in the Purdue game.

WEAKNESSES: Fragel plays with messy footwork and lacks the quickness to consistently hold up on an island. He needs a lot of technique work and is often caught lunging and off-balance, too often hunched over at the waist because he lowers his eyes and doesn't move his feet. Fragel needs to improve blocking in motion and improve his awareness, often underestimating the speed of rushers.

He extends well but allows too many rushers into his body and gets too grabby, struggling with holding calls and other penalties (mostly false starts). Fragel looks confused at times with extra rushers and needs to play smarter and work with his linemen. He needs to develop his mean streak and amp up the intensity, playing with more consistent aggressiveness.

Compares to: Brandon Mosley, OT, New York Giants

- Like Mosely, Fragel is a former tight end who still needs a lot of improvements with his technique and intensity before being NFL-ready.


Tall, long lineman who has maintained his athleticism despite adding strength throughout his frame-and he still has room to grow in the upper and lower bodies. Doesn’t play like the typical former tight end, gets after defensive ends on the outside and can move tackles off the line in the run game with leverage and strong legs. Attacks ends in pass protection, rides them around the pocket. Flashes lateral movement and quick steps to cut off the edge (on twists, as well), mirror spin moves, or cut off the inside lane. Quick enough off the snap to reach block tackles or take linebackers out of the hole so running backs can cut back. Uses athleticism to take an end around the edge and then quickly get downfield to block on draw plays. Picks up interior blitzers instead of being taken outside by the end. Widens his base in pass protection to prevent getting bulled. Plays with attitude, will extend at the end of plays to finish when in position. Shows some recovery speed if taking a wrong step off the snap, should only improve there because of his athleticism. Attacks the inside shoulder in the running game to automatically put his body in the correct position. Shoulders are over toes when asked to immediately get to the second level. Continues to fight even if put in an awkward, losing position.

Still learning the position, and how to play with additional weight, because of his late switch to the offensive line. Needs to hit his hands inside more consistently to control his target off the snap. Strength is lacking in his grip, can occasionally be thrown around or lunge forward because of it. Overaggressive at times in both pass pro and on run blocks, opponents take advantage of his leaning to push him upfield or get him off-balance. Will stop his feet at times while the play continues, allowing his man to get into plays if they are extended. Inconsistent getting down quickly on his cut blocks, though opponents find it hard to get around them. Must consistently move his feet after latching onto his opponent to prevent getting shed.

NFL Comparison Eric Winston

Bottom Line
The tight end to offensive tackle conversion is a transition NFL evaluators have started to covet, and Fragel fits the. Despite possessing a Matt Kalil-type frame, Fragel started all 12 games in his final seasonon the right side and showed very little trouble anchoring against stronger pass rushers. His experience is limited on the left side, but Fragel could be groomed to block on the blind side or make a career on the right side after adding weight. Though he’s obviously still learning the position, NFL teams consider him a potential starter at the next level because of his overall athleticism and upside.



Despite reports of his height checking in at the 6’8” range, Fragel is just a shade under 6’7” which should be helpful when it comes draft evaluation time. Fragel added 20 pounds of mass to his frame for his transition from TE to OT in 2012. Fragel’s frame suggests that he could add another 10-15 pound without noticing any differences in athleticism. It’s conceivable and advisable, at this point, that Fragel add another 10 pounds before the draft.


Reid was a blocking TE in Ohio State’s system under Jim Tressel/Luke Fickel. When Urban Meyer came on board at OSU, Fragel was moved to offensive tackle. Fragel added 20 pounds to help the transition to tackle but appears light on his feet with natural knee bend. With Fragel’s height, it’s a good sign that he is able to bend at the knees with the consistency that he does. His balance is solid once he’s latched on in the run game. Rarely found Fragel on the ground. He mirrors defenders off the edge really well with a solid base. Fragel appeared to get stronger in the run game as the season wore on, which speaks to his upside and that he has the upside to be a road grader with added weight/strength in the offseason.


Fragel beats his opponents out of his stance more often than not. He uses his excellent athleticism to slide laterally to control edge rushers. He has outstanding feet allowing him to mirror pass rushers. He has vines for arms which allow him to engage and move defenders with excellent hand strength. Fragel does drop his head in pass pro, on occasion, allowing him to be susceptible to counter moves. The good news is that Fragel is such a good athlete that allows him to quickly adjust to counter moves. Fragel does get high, on a handful of occasions, which allows him to be overpowered by more powerful pass rushers.


General consensus heading into the season was if Fragel was going to be able to be an effective run blocker for an OSU offense predicated on zone read and spread power looks. Fragel exceeded anyone’s expectations in the run game. He explodes out of his stance with a low, powerful base. While I wouldn’t consider Fragel a road grader, he was far more powerful as a drive blocker than I thought. He’s very good in space with the ability to wall off defenders with his natural length and strength. Ton of upside as a run blocker which will intrigue scouts. Would like to see him finish blocks with a little more nasty demeanor to his game.


The other area of concern coming into the season was if Fragel was going to hold up from a technique standpoint against some of the Big Ten’s top defenders. While there is some room for improvement, it’s an area that he far exceeded expectations with a ton of room for growth. He’s solid from the feet to waist from a technique standpoint. Two criticisms that show up more consistently than you want. He gets his hands outside and needs work on initial punch. While he didn’t draw a lot of penalties, there were several times that he was close. When his hands get outside he’s susceptible to giving up too much ground. He needs to work on leverage as he will get high through contact and can get dead legs against more powerful defenders.


None. Reid appears to be clean off the field.


Reid Fragel is a fast rising prospect that will intrigue scouts from many aspects. He’s a converted TE that was entrenched in a spring camp battle with a true freshman, Taylor Decker. Fragel showed consistent improvement through spring, summer, and into fall camp. Most pundits thought Fragel and the offensive line was going to be the downfall of the OSU offense under Urban Meyer. It couldn’t have been further from the truth. The OSU line was an offensive strength with Fragel being an integral part. Fragel was not on NFL radars before the season but has been talked about amongst scouts as a “sleeper prospect” with a ton of upside. His combination of size, strength, and athleticism will be tough to watch pass on draft boards come April. Expect Fragel to show well at the Scouting Combine as he combines rare athleticism with solid functional strength. Fragel had to pull out of the Senior Bowl due to injury. Fragel’s athleticism will play well and force everyone to take an extra look. He was as impressive as any OSU offensive lineman, including Jack Mewhort, who will be an early selection in the 2014 NFL Draft. I would fully expect Fragel to hear his name called early on day three of the draft and wouldn’t be surprised if he was a late day two selection. Some team will be drawn in with his athletic upside and lack of bad habits.


Scouting Report:

+Converted tight end, shows in his movement and athletic ability
+Impressive lateral mover whether shuffling to mirror or moving down the line on zone concepts
+Gets to downfield blocking targets quickly with an explosive first step and open field speed
+Tall and super lean build with adequate length for the position
-Still filling out his frame, packed on 20 pounds between junior and senior seasons, still small in thighs and glutes
+Much stronger in the upper and lower body than his body indicates

+Has an attitude and tenacity about him, likes to scrap a bit after the play
+Is a to-the-whistle blocker with a high energy level, out there to prove himself on every snap
-Only a single season of starting experience on the offensive line, playing only right tackle
-Still learning to communicate up front and misses assignments in blitz pick-up with undisciplined eyes
-Picking up the intricacies of the offensive tackle position relatively quickly, was always a blocking specialist as a tight end

Pass Blocking:
+Plays on his toes as a pass blocker predominantly, meets rushers early with an attacking style
+Rangy against speed rushers running the circle, covers ground quickly in his kick slide
-Inconsistent foot frequency as a pass blocker, will stop them occasionally and get caught flat-footed
+Keeps his frame free from contact by meeting rushers first his hands and extending out away from his body
+/-Adequate ability to anchor by quickly resetting his feet, will improve with technical development and adding bulk to his lower half
-Struggles picking up stunting rushers and linebackers in intricate blitz packages, part of the learning process

Run Blocking:
+Continuously churning his legs as a run blocker, can generate push as a result, never settles for just walling off a defender
+Sustains blocks well with high effort level and strong hands, difficult for defenders to shed completely
+Finishes runs blocks with aplomb when he shoots low into contact and gets to the chest of run defenders, very high number of pancake blocks to his name
+Strong feel for combo blocking with ability to redirect quickly from one target to the next
-Occasionally loses balance while engaged due to high pad level and an exposed chest to the hands of defenders as a run blocker
-Has an alarming number of plays where he takes a poor angle to second level linebackers and gets no piece of his targets as a result
-Loses gap leverage often by not getting play-side of defenders, aiming to simply block them head on and move them back

-Hand placement incredibly inconsistent to put it kindly, unable to lock up or control defenders as a result
-Lets his hands get too wide often and is prone to holding calls as a result
-Pad level is a mixed bag like the rest of his game, lowers them more successfully in the running game
-Lacks knee bend and flexibility to sink his hips which limits ability to drop his pads, more of a waist-bender

Reid Fragel truly came out of nowhere, not only as a big-time contributor for the Ohio State Buckeyes, but also as an NFL prospect. After toiling away at the tight end position for three seasons with little production in the passing game to show for it, he made the switch to offensive tackle and won the right tackle spot immediately. Fragel had his ups and downs in his lone season in the trenches and is obviously still learning on the fly. He has the kind of body type and athleticism that coaches will believe they can mold. With his impressive lateral quickness, he may be a perfect fit in a zone blocking scheme and has the potential to play either tackle spot down the road. Fragel is a developmental prospect who surely won’t be asked to contribute right away, and rightfully so. But with some time to polish up the skills he’s shown in only a single season plying his trade up front, the potential is quite high. When you pop in the tape of Reid Fragel, you see a guy who’s anxious to prove himself on every single snap until he hears the whistle. Coaches will love that in a guy who still needs development, because it means he’ll come to practice every day with a chip on his shoulder. Fragel is a solid day three target for teams looking to get deeper at offensive tackle.—Darren Page
Scouting Notes:

Ohio State vs. Michigan
• Shows impressive speed getting to the second level, makes a block on a safety on an inside draw
• Has a miscommunication with the right guard, leaves the end he’s blocking for the guard as the guard leaves to pick up a blitzer, leads to a Braxton Miller sack
• Extending arms well early in pass protection to keep his frame clean, not giving any ground to pass rushers, impressive mirroring
• Steps down correctly to block inside rusher when Michigan brings six against five, forced to let the edge rusher free who sacks Braxton Milller when he doesn’t see it
• Pass rushers consistently keen to mirror the movements of Miller and keep him in the pocket, not trying to rush past tackles on the edge
• Gets rocked back on initial contact against a bullrush attempt but resets his feet quickly and anchors to hold strong
• Slow to redirect to the linebacker after a successful first push on a combo block
• Shows lateral quickness on an outside zone keep with Miller, works down the line and turns the end with the help of a tight end
• Unsuccesful attempt to cut the defensive end who gets around the corner and sacks Miller after playing off Fragel with his hands
• Lunges at a linebacker at the second level on a combo block and doesn’t make full contact, LB slides off and makes a tackle for no gain

Ohio State vs. Michigan State
• Recovers a fumble on a swing pass, right place right time
• Gets underneath the pads of the defensive end on an inside run and negates his attempt at a swim move
• Caught flat-footed and indecisive against a blitz package and lets a rusher right through his inside gap
• Drives William Gholston 5+ yards downfield on the backside of a Miller sweep
• Slow to react to an inside stunt & incoming blitzing linebacker, gets very minimal contact with the LB as he chases Miller from the pocket
• Absorbs the power rush of Gholston and pancakes him in pass protection after the guard chips his shoulder
• Stops his feet and loses his balance on a down block, tackle easily slides off the block
• Bit slow off the ball and gives Gholston the edge too easily on a sprint out from the backside, Miller freelances and Gholston almost sacks him
• Gets to the second level and walls off a linebacker despite not hitting him square initially
• Completely whiffs on the rushing linebacker as an edge rusher even after the tight end chips him before he goes out in his route
• Caught flat footed against a methodical swim move from Gholston who wins around the edge
• Drops pads and latches onto Gholston as a run blocker, drives him before pancaking him as he tries to disengage and make a tackle
• Illegally chop blocks an engaged defensive tackle, goes uncalled
• Shoots off the ball low into the chest of a defensive tackle on midirection and drives him into the ground as he tries to swim the block

Ohio State vs. Illinois
• Stones a linebacker downfield on two consecutive plays, quick to get downfield
• Drives Akeem Spence into the ground on a down block, strong to finish blocks
• Steps down and covers his inside gap when he anticipates a blitzing linebacker on a draw play
• Wedges Michael Buchanan off of his speed rush arc around the corner, shows good range
• Takes a poor angle to a linebacker on a speed sweep and can’t make the block, throws himself into the legs of a pursuing safety instead
• Mirrors a Buchanan speed rush all the way around the corner, shows off his lateral foot quickness
• Spots a blitzing cornerback quickly and picks him up, sustains the block while Braxton Miller improvises
• Gradually loses ground against a power rush, doesn’t sink his hips to counter
• Can’t get to the chest of the defensive tackle on a down block in pass protection and can’t reroute the rusher enough to prevent a sack
• Crosses the face of a defensive end and gradually works upfield to a linebacker on an inside run
• Leaves the game early in the fourth quarter with a minor injury


03/11/2013 - 2013 Ohio State Pro Day: Fragel, on the other hand, enjoyed a strong combine performance and has been enjoying a steady rise up draft boards as teams like the potential he's shown in his one season at tackle after converting from tight end. While Hankins and Fragel did not do any of the timed drills, they did participate in their respective positional workouts, where their athleticism reportedly stood out.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 25, 2013 5:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I like this guys upside. Give him a year or two and I bet he'd anchor that right side as good as any other right tackle in the league.

He's slowly becoming one of my favorite offensive line prospects in this years draft.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 25, 2013 7:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nice! Been a big fan of him, and he is really flying under a radar, IMHO. If you believe in the coaching to develop him? Fragel can be a stud OL in a year or two. Has real potential to play LT, but even if not? He is strong and able on the right side.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 25, 2013 7:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

odendin wrote:
I like this guys upside. Give him a year or two and I bet he'd anchor that right side as good as any other right tackle in the league.

He's slowly becoming one of my favorite offensive line prospects in this years draft.

od, I like Fragel as a developmental prospect. You are right, I think he is probably around 2 years from being a starting caliber tackle simply because of his relative inexperience. I was targeting developmental tackles that could take a little less development time with the idea that we could end up needing a starter in 2014.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 25, 2013 8:34 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I forgot to mention that I wouldn't be surprised if a team looks at Fragel as a developmental left tackle and he goes high-end at some point in the mid to late second round or at some point in the third round. I wouldn't be shocked if he ends up in the tier just below Terron Armstead and Kyle Long. You are right, he could eventually develop into a solid right tackle prospect if he doesn't quite make it at left tackle.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 25, 2013 11:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It would've been an excellent pick up if we kept Winston. Now there are so many questions on our line... no time for players like Fragel to develope.

And i do agree, some team will bite early - I was leaning more towards late 3rd/4th because the upside but, hey, Menelik is a hyped 1st rounder.
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