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A few minutes with OL Will Rackley

Post by Eric Williams on March 16, 2011 at 1:56 pm with 13 Comments »
March 16, 2011 1:57 pm
Lehigh offensive lineman Will Rackley (AP photo/ Darron Cummings).

One player the Seattle Seahawks likely have their eyes on as a middle-round prospect is Lehigh offensive lineman Will Rackley.

At 6-2, 260 pounds coming out of Riverdale High School in Georgia playing for a football team that ran the triple option, Rackley was not highly recruited. He did however have solid grades, earning a 3.4 GPA, so Patriot League schools like Lehigh, Lafayette and Colgate showed interest, and he ended up at Lehigh.

Rackley played left tackle for the Mountain Hawks, where he finished his career as a three-time, first team All-Patriot League selection, and anchored a line that allowed only 14 sacks last year. Rackley also was named to Associated Press All-America team.

Rackley finished his career with 40 consecutive starts, so he’s durable.

However, he measured in at 6-3 and 309 pounds at the NFL scouting combine, with a 33 ½ arm length and a 79-inch wing span, so he’ll likely be considered a guard at the next level.

Rackley benched 225 pounds 29 times and did not run the 40-yard dash because of a tweaked quad at the combine, but he’ll run at his school’s pro day tomorrow.

Lehigh offensive lineman Will Rackley.

Because of his intelligence, athleticism and familiarity with the zone blocking scheme from his days at Lehigh, Rackley could be a good fit for Seattle, filling the team’s need for more depth and talent at interior offensive line

Rackley said that that the Seahawks were one of 13 teams he had formal interviews with at the scouting combine in Indianapolis last month.

“I’m open to anything,” he said. “I’m just here to prove myself as a player, and just to prove that D-I AA guys can definitely play on the D-I level. Playing football is playing football. It doesn’t really matter where you’re from, it’s how you play.”

CBS Sports has Rackley as the fifth-ranked guard in the draft.

Rackley talked about his strengths and weaknesses in Indianapolis, stating he needed to do a better job with hand placement in pass blocking.

“I think I understand defenses pretty well,” Rackley said. “I think I have pretty good feet. But I think what I need to work on most is my timing and strike and hand placement in the pass game. And in the run game just making sure I’m getting to the second and third level and making sure my hands are in the right place, and finishing those guys off.

Because the Philadelphia Eagles regular hold their training camp at Lehigh’s facility, Rackley got an up-close look at Philadelphia offensive linemen Tra Thomas and Jon Runyan, learning first-hand what it takes to make it in the NFL.

“Those are big guys, they towered over me,” Rackley said. “But they gave me the same advice, work hard and stick to the program, things like that.”

“I would definitely go out there and see what type of things they were doing and see if I could fit in those drills,” Rackley went on. “Sizing myself up against those guys I think it’s something I definitely will be able to do.”

Rackley isn’t all about football. A project design major, Rackley won Lehigh’s photography contest for his photo of a former steel mill in town.

“I’ve always been an art-type of guy. … So I’ve always been able to draw, and I’ve been into creative- based things,” he said. “I took a photography class, and that was part of one of our assignments, to find things to take pictures of. It’s a steel mill, and it’s pretty important in Bethlehem, so I wanted to capture it in a way that no one has really ever seen it before.”

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  1. Dukeshire says:

    Really nice Eric. I love learning about players beyond the high profile, ESPN glamor players. These players are the real meat and potatoes of a football team. Keep these coming!

  2. Soggybuc says:

    Sounds like a great kid and nice prospect. wouldnt mind seeing him at 4th or 5th

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  4. AaronCurryIsBUST says:

    This guy sounds like a hipster. I want OL with nasty mentalities. Think Hutch. Or Olin Kreutz and Benji Olson.

  5. ACIB,

    You don’t have to be a dirtbag (despite Mora Jr’s misgivings) to be a nasty o-lineman…

    Exibit A: Walter Jones
    Exibit B: Russell Okung

    Both guys are nice guys in the media, who seem genuine (like Rackley) that play mean on the field… Okung exibits his anger on the field while Walt just embarrassed guys on the field and had that look, I called it the “why are you even trying” look that melted his opponents.

  6. Dukeshire says:

    A hipster? Living here in Portland I have to endure hipsters’ American Apparel pastel colored hoodies and skinny jeans and snotty little attitudes posing their way around town every day. There is nothing about Rackley that strikes me he is any of those things. He’s an artist. That has nothing to do with a lack of aggression on the football field. Rosey Grier liked to needlepoint, was he a pussy? Get real…

    Cornutt – Thanks for passing that along. Loved to hear Mayock say Ponder has an above average arm, now that all the injuries have healed.

  7. Rosey Grier . . . boy, I remember him standing on the sidelines with his boombox – remember those? It was a huge ‘portable’ radio in the 60’s. He listened to music during the game to get him “in the mood”. They had some really good soul music then, too. He was outta the NFL a few years back in ’68 when RFK was shot. Grew up watching him. . .

  8. Dukeshire says:

    Don’t know anything about a “boombox” on the sidelines (very skeptical about that, actually) but he retired in ’67 with a torn achilles. He later became a bodyguard for Bobby Kennedy and was guarding his wife when Bobby was assassinated. I presume that’s what you are referring to.

  9. If he’s still alive and can be found via twitter, or facebook, or whatever, I’d love you to ask him about standing on the sidelines with a huge radio on his shoulder waiting to get into the game. I saw him with it (on TV), and later heard him talk about it in an TV interview.

    I remember when RFK got shot, and remember was kinda amazed seeing Rosie Grier there, and I do remember hearing something like he was a bodyguard but didn’t remember it was for RFK’s wife. That rally was another really, really bad memory. Martin, Bobby, and John.

  10. Dukeshire says:

    Lol. He’s still alive and if you ever run into him, I’ll let you ask about the boombox. Are you sure you’re not thinking about an episode of The White Shadow, or something?

  11. SandpointHawk says:

    I went to many a Rams game down in LA and there were no Boom Boxes on the sidelines in the Fearsome Foursome Days. There were no Boom Boxes period in the sixties.

    Boomboxes were introduced commercially by various companies in the late 1970s, when stereo capabilities were added to existing designs of the radio-cassette recorder, which had appeared earlier that decade.

    Rosie was out of Football in ’67 as was mentioned above…

    Rosie did a lot of acting in the ’70’s maybe that’s what you are remembering.

  12. Maybe I’m just mistaken, but I do remember him saying he got up for games by listening to music . . . coulda sworn I’d seen him carrying a big box on his shoulder on the sidelines. Yup, I do remember the “Boomboxes” coming out later, but you’ld never be able to hear music coming out of one of the typical portible radios that were around in the 50s and 60s(?) Asked a question of him about it on his facebook page:!/pages/Roosevelt-Rosey-Grier/29155114293?sk=wall

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