Cesar Ruiz Draft Scouting Report

Michigan offensive lineman Cesar Ruiz during Michigan's annual spring NCAA college football game, Saturday, April 13, 2019, in Ann Arbor, Mich. (AP Photo/Carlos Osorio)

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Cesar Ruiz will forgo his senior year at Michigan to enter the 2020 NFL Draft. The OL standout started five games at RG as a true freshman. As a sophomore and junior, he started every game at C. In 2018, he was named 3rd team All-Big Ten. In 2019, he was named 2nd team All-Big Ten. His ability to line up as either a center or guard makes him a versatile asset to a team in need.

Game Film Watched

10/05/2019 vs #14 Iowa

09/28/2019 vs Rutgers

10/26/2019 vs Notre Dame

11/16/2019 vs Michigan St.

Player Summary

Ruiz was the top center in the nation when he left Florida’s IMG and eventually committed to Michigan over the likes of Alabama and Clemson. He played in 10 games as a true freshman, starting five of those at RG. As a sophomore and junior, Ruiz was the starting center. He’s well-balanced as a blocker and excels against the run and in pass protection. At 6’3” and 306 pounds, he has the size to compete as a starting guard in the NFL as well. He had a decent 40-yard dash at the combine (5.08) and finished in the Top 10 in nearly every other drill among the linemen.

For being a big powerful guy, he’s got agility and quick footwork. When he breaks into the second-level as a blocker, he thrives and can lead the charge. He does lack some acceleration off the snap and has some issues with fundamentals but his versatility is a great attribute. Ruiz can fit within a zone-rushing scheme which allows him to get into the second-level space. He’s not limited though and can still work in a gap scheme even.

Pre-combine, Ruiz was being looked at as the third or fourth-best center. His projection was more towards the third round. Now that the combine is behind us, Ruiz boosted his stock and he looks like he could be the second center off the board and the first round doesn’t seem too far-fetched.


-Strong, big hands (11 inches)

-Powerful lower half/legs

-Experience as starter

-Tough and physical/not afraid of contact

-Stellar field awareness and vision

-Always working on his blocking/practicing

-Fires off the snap quickly

-Great lateral agility

-Excellent second-level blocker

-Good run blocker, better pass protector

-Quick and fluid feet

-Mirrors opponents on interior

-Works in zone or gap scheme well

-Can capitalize on early advantages

-Patience in letting defender declare blitz

-Can power through double-teams/down blocks

-Able to take charge on pulls and screens



-Narrow base

-Lacks width in his frame

-Needs to work on steering blocks into position on run plays

-Issues as shallow anchor against bull-rushers

-Could cut 10-15 pounds for acceleration

-Antsy feet in pass protection

-Lacks ideal arm length

-Uncomfortable when left uncovered/unmanned

-Tends to use power rather than finesse

Draft Projection:

End of 1st Round ceiling- End of 2nd Round steal

Career Projection:

Ruiz has the factor of experience going for him. Any team that drafts him is getting a guy who can start instantly whether it’s guard or center. His weaknesses are focused around his size and executing fundamental drills. He’s very coachable and can be molded into the ideal NFL starter. Scouts are comparing him to former second-round selection James Daniels from the Bears. The two are identical in size and flexibility on the line but Ruiz is a more true center.

With the ability to move around to different positions, Ruiz should have a long, successful career. He doesn’t have much of an injury history. With a mobile quarterback behind him, Ruiz would be in his prime situation. He can push defenders out of the way and move laterally with the run and be the lead blocker.

Best Fits

The prime landing spot would be a team with a zone-power run scheme, as Ruiz excels upfield. These are just some teams that could show interest and would suit him:

Arizona: Can help Kyler Murray mature and utilize his main assets.

Baltimore: Can rotate between guard and center and lead one of the top rushing attacks

Chicago: Whichever QB starts, they need all the help they can

Miami: They have several top picks and Ruiz would fit in their rebuild. Most scouts see him going late in the first to Miami

There is no chance Ruiz drops out of the Top 40 and there is a huge possibility he is a first-round pick.

NFL Comparison: James Daniels