Seahawks.NET Draft Report: Ray Willis
Ray Willis

Posted Apr 24, 2005


With their fourth-round pick, the Seahawks selected Florida State OT Ray Willis, an underrated road-grader who could have a surprising amount of impact on the offensive line.

FOURTH ROUND (105th Pick Overall)

With the 4th pick in the fourth round, the Seattle Seahawks have selected Florida State OT Ray Willis.

SCOUT.COM PLAYER OVERVIEW:

Ray Willis
School: Florida State
Ht: 6-5.5 Wt: 327 Year: 5Sr

Bio: Three-year starter at right tackle who saw significant action as a freshman.

Positives: Big, powerful blocker best on the right side. Strong at the point, attacks assignments and gets movement from run blocks. Stays square, controls opponents and anchors in pass protection. Effectively uses blocking angles, keeps his feet moving throughout the action and patient. Shows potential as a position blocker and seals defenders from the action with his huge frame. Engulfs opponents or blocks down to remove them from the action.

Negatives: Big lumbering blocker who lacks adjustment and overall quickness. Struggles sliding his feet, lacks blocking range and overextends at times.

Analysis: A high-effort prospect with good work ethic, Willis has the tools to develop into a starting right tackle in the NFL. Most effective in a zone-blocking scheme or a system that limits his area responsibilities.

DOING THE MATH: Campus: NOTE -- On Pro Day, FSU players ran outdoors on a very, very fast rubber Tartan track. Many players ran their 40s with shoes that had nubs, which helps get better traction and lends to faster times … 5.15 in the 40-yard dash … 405-pound bench press … 651-pound squat … 304-pound power clean … 25½-inch vertical jump … 7-foot-11 long jump … 5.06 20-yard shuttle … 8.56 three-cone drill … Right-handed.

Combine:
Bench-pressed 225 pounds 27 times … 35½-inch arm length … 10 5/8-inch hands.

THE .NET REPORT

Scott Eklund: When the Hawks cut RT Chris Terry in March, the thinking was that they had Floyd Womack and Sean Locklear to take over at that spot. Wayne Hunter, entering his third season, has been a non-factor. Now, with Willis, you have a quality tackle prospect who played at a very high level for the last three seasons. He is a road-grader, who has unbelievable power and drive. He lacks the quick feet you would like to see in a tackle prospect so you may be looking at a player who has the ability to move inside. He will immediately challenge for the backup spot behind either Steve Hutchinson, Womack (if Womack is moved inside to guard) or Chris Gray with the possibility he can play outside when or if he is needed there. Solid pick early on Day Two.



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