Will Rackley was the third round Draft pick of the Jaguars in the 2011 NFL Draft out of Lehigh University. I just hope that I don't gush over him too much, because this guy looks like a monster. Well, let's get to it.
Rackley was recruited by Lafayette, Colgate, Lehigh, and Georgia Tech, out of high school. At Lehigh, he started every game from his freshman year to his senior year. He also won First Team All Patriot League Honors 3 trimes in a row from 2008-2010. He played Left Tackle for the Mountain Hawks and led the unit that allowed the least amount of sacks in the Patriot League in 2010 (14 sacks). He caught the eyes of scouts after putting on a great performance at the Shriners' East-West game.
What he brings to the table
Will Rackley seems to play like a mauler. He not only engages his assigned defender, he finishes, usually leaving the defensive end or other blitzer on the ground. He is projected to play at the guard position for the Jaguars, but he can also play at Tackle and Center as well, giving him versatility on the line. If there is something he needs to work on, it would probably be his footwork in pass blocking situations. Sometimes, he looks awkward, but he would usually overpower the defensive lineman. That won't fly at the NFL level since everyone is strong and quick. Being in the interior line would probably cover up that weakness a bit, but if we ever need him to play at tackle in emergency situations, that will need to be connected or someone will have a free shot at the QB, be it Gabbert or Garrard.
What we expect
The Jaguars expect for Will Rackley to eventually replace some of the aging players on the offensive line. His versatility on the line makes him a valuable asset with the aformentioned aging players: Left guards , Vince Manuwai (31 years old) and Justin Smiley (going on 30 years old) and center Brad Meester (34 years old). He'll probably sit out during most of the year, occassionally getting some playing time. Rackley will probably have his time to shine in the 2012 season since Manuwai's contract expires after the 2011 season and by the time the 2012 season starts, the Jaguars will probably draft another OG for depth, which would leave Smiley expendable. I believe that 10 years from now, Rackley and Gabbert are going to be considered as the cornerstones of the team.Tags: 2011 NFL Draft, Will Rackley