The 2021 NFL Draft Bible Publication

The 2021 NFL Draft Bible Publication

NFL Draft Profile: Ricky Stromberg, Offensive Center, Arkansas Razorbacks

NFL draft profile scouting report for Arkansas center, Ricky Stromberg
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#51
Pos: OC
Ht: 6040
Wt: 316
DOB: 11/10/00
Eligible: 2022
Tulsa, OK
Union High School

Ricky Stromberg
Arkansas Razorbacks


Pros:

Lamattina: Thick, round frame from head to toe. Looks the part as a center with a good, compact build. Extremely strong and powerful base that gives him the platform to succeed consistently in pass blocking. He does not lose many reps at all. Stromberg looked very solid throughout the entire game against Jordan Davis (DT Georgia). Took on two defenders at once and didn’t struggle mightily, his anchor showed off in these situations. Can be a good blocker in a power-based system where he doesn’t have to shift his position much at all. He can pack a powerful first punch to the chest when initiating contact. Shows good leg drive when he makes good contact and gets his legs churning upfield as a run blocker.

Ezring: The Arkansas offense has quietly produced solid NFL prospects in recent years. One of the Razorbacks’ best in the 2022 cycle is Ricky Stromberg. The talented lineman has experience at guard and center. What’s more, the Oklahoma native plays with impressive awareness and vision to identify and address stunts and delayed blitzers. He also quickly recognizes penetration and works to assist his teammates when needed. The Arkansas product maintains a wide base through engagement. Further, he typically initiates contact with inside punches and exhibits the wherewithal to reset his hands when they are knocked away. When Stromberg plays with weight distribution and leverage, the star center is difficult to beat. At the point of engagement, the Razorbacks’ standout boasts natural grip strength, the power to displace defenders with his initial punch and a reliable anchor. Once latched on, the versatile lineman practices persistent leg drive to both walk defenders back and close distance. Moreover, Stromberg displays a sufficiently flexible frame and loose hips to hinge. Primarily a linear athlete, the center can double and climb, pull to lead block, perform reach blocks and work to space on screens. In pass protection, he has the lateral movement skills to occupy the A gaps. Stromberg is capable of mirroring defenders once engaged.

Pun: Ricky Stromberg is a powerful run blocker who is super quick out of his stance which allows him to strike defenders before they get their hands on him. Stromberg possesses an immensely strong upper body and core, plus expertly extends his arms upon contact which all combine to create excellent displacement at the point-of-attack. He executes reach blocks well and is consistently able to rotate his hips and turn defenders away from the direction of the run. Furthermore, Stromberg is effective on scoop blocks as he easily refits his hands, wins leverage and sustains the block. He also excels at climbing to the 2nd level, displaying quick processing to locate linebackers and creates open rushing lanes with his powerful strike. Stromberg blocks with a mauling attitude and it is especially apparent when executing double teams out of gap/power runs - he creates great drive by getting low and running his legs to push defensive tackles, then roll over on top of them. Stromberg is a very dependable pass protector whose quick processing allows him to navigate blitzes, stunts and twists with ease. He uses his upper body well to absorb the blow of incoming rushers and redirects defenders away from the quarterback with a two-handed strike.

Cons:

Lamattina: Struggles as an athlete to move in space. His run blocking is severely hindered because of his lack of athleticism. His footwork is worrisome if he has to slide laterally to adjust to blitzers in the A gap. Sloppy footwork causes him to lose balance on occasion when climbing to the second level. Can not play in a heavy zone blocking scheme that would require him to move a lot.

Ezring: Although the Arkansas star will contend for the title of top center in the 2022 draft class, certain areas of his game will prompt second thoughts among NFL teams. First and foremost, Stromberg will primarily appeal to franchises that run gap scheme offenses. On the field, the Razorbacks’ standout’s aggressive angles to engagement leave him no room for error. He enters half-man too willingly and tends to lunge rather than mirror to sustain blocks. Further, the experienced starter’s high pad level surrenders his chest. Stromberg’s high and sometimes outside hand placement reduces his functional power and grip strength when initiating contact. What’s more, the Oklahoma native employs concerning weight distribution that leaves him off-balance and results in his whiffing blocks. Stromberg is particularly affected by his inclination to lunge into contact with stagnant feet rather than close distance with his legs. As a result, he is regularly redirected by intelligent defensive linemen. Likewise, the former guard regularly leads with his shoulder into engagement. In doing so, he offers his chest to opponents while simultaneously limiting his chances of latching on. Defenders throw Stromberg around after landing hands on his frame. Additionally, the Razorbacks’ star’s uninspiring lateral burst and change of direction ability make him ineffective engaging in space or mirroring without contact.

Pun: Stromberg is mostly a waist-bender and this hurts his ability to move larger defensive tackles in the run game. He gets caught off balance and can be shed easily, due to his tendency to lean over. This flaw is occasionally seen in pass protection, where Stromberg can struggle to anchor as he does not drop his butt and engage his lower body - which will be even more detrimental in the NFL.

Summary:

Lamattina: Ricky Stromberg has the size, mass and intangibles as a pass blocker to be a pro-ready center in the NFL. His lack of mobility and athleticism will cause him to struggle as a run blocker if he is asked to move off his starting position. He should generate success in a pass-heavy, power/man blocking scheme.

Ezring: One of the 2022 NFL Draft’s best centers, Ricky Stromberg’s intelligence, reasonable linear athleticism and rare power profile for the position make him a reliable pass protector and run blocker. Still, the Arkansas center’s limited lateral burst and change of direction ability will hurt him at the next level. Moreover, he must improve his weight distribution and leverage. Stromberg projects as an early low-end starter with room to improve into a solid starter.

Pun: As a junior, Stromberg’s level of play on the field is extremely impressive, as is his versatility to play all three interior positions. He will set a physical tone in the trenches and can excel in any scheme necessary. His pad level will be a swing skill, if it can be coached up, Stromberg can become an elite center in the NFL, if not, he can still be an average starter.

Background:

Born November 10th, 2000 to parents Diane and Scott Stromberg in Tulsa, Oklahoma, Ricky Stromberg is one of four siblings (Timmy, Bonnie and Scotty). A three-year varsity letter winner at Union High School, the Tulsa native was a two-way star. In his sophomore season, he helped his team to an 11-2 record and the state championship. The next year, Union posted a 12-1 record but lost in the 6A-I title game. As a senior, Stromberg led his program to a 9-3 record, a number four state ranking and a semifinal berth in the 2018 Oklahoma High School Football Class 6A-I Playoffs. He was also named the District 6A-I-2 Offensive Lineman of the Year. After a strong high school career, Stromberg was ranked a three-star recruit by 247Sports Composite Rankings. The same outlet named him the 501st-overall recruit in the nation, the sixth-best center in his class and the eighth-ranked player from Oklahoma that year. 247Sports, itself, listed Stromberg as a four-star recruit, the fifth-best center in the class and the fourth-overall player in Oklahoma. An immediate impact player for the Razorbacks, the Union product played in all 12 games (starting the last 11) of his freshman season. Stromberg’s first two starts came at left guard before manning the right guard position for the season’s nine final games. He did not allow a single sack on 417 pass-protecting snaps. The versatile lineman moved to center in 2020, playing in nine games and starting eight (all at center). Stromberg allowed just one sack on 355 pass-blocking plays. He did not play in the season finale against Alabama due to an injury. Stromberg was named to the 2020 Fall SEC Academic Honor Roll and the 2021 Rimington Trophy Watch List - awarded to college football’s best center. 


One-Liners

Lamattina: Stromberg is built to be a ready-made starting center in the league. His pass blocking ability should give him the opportunity as a starter right away, but his lack of athleticism will limit his ceiling due to the hindrance as a run blocker.

Ezring: While he must improve his weight distribution and leverage to compensate for limited lateral movement skills, Ricky Stromberg’s intelligence and rare power profile make him a potentially strong starter in the league.

Pun: Extremely powerful offensive lineman who has experience playing all three interior positions and excels at all zone-based blocks but needs to bend from the knees rather than the waist.

Grades

Current Player Value/Potential Player Value

Lamattina: 7.9 / 8.2

Ezring: 7.6 / 8.4

Pun: 7.8 / 9.0


#51
Pos: OC
Ht: 6040
Wt: 316
DOB: 11/10/00
Eligible: 2022
Tulsa, OK
Union High School

Ricky Stromberg
Arkansas Razorbacks


Pros:

Lamattina: Thick, round frame from head to toe. Looks the part as a center with a good, compact build. Extremely strong and powerful base that gives him the platform to succeed consistently in pass blocking. He does not lose many reps at all. Stromberg looked very solid throughout the entire game against Jordan Davis (DT Georgia). Took on two defenders at once and didn’t struggle mightily, his anchor showed off in these situations. Can be a good blocker in a power-based system where he doesn’t have to shift his position much at all. He can pack a powerful first punch to the chest when initiating contact. Shows good leg drive when he makes good contact and gets his legs churning upfield as a run blocker.

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