by Ryan Myers
Photo courtesy of Illinois Athletics.
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Today’s Spotlight - Illinois, TE, Tip Reiman
Name - Tip Reiman
Pos - TE
Team - Illinois
HT/WT - 6’5” 270 lbs.
Born - 09/17/2001
Home - Rapid City, SD
Tip Reiman played his high school football at O’Gorman High School, where he won a state championship in 2019. His high school performance earned him a 2-star rating from Rivals.com. He was not very highly recruited out of high school, and he chose Illinois over offers from South Dakota and South Dakota State.
In his first season at Illinois, Reiman played in all 8 games of the shortened 2020 season, mostly on special teams, and had no offensive stats. In his second season, he played in all 12 games, making three starts. He had 3 receptions for 43 yards and a touchdown, while being graded as the 9th best blocking tight end in the Big 10 according to PFF.
Reiman’s first season as a starter came last year where he started all 13 games at tight end for the Illini. He made 19 receptions for 174 yards and a touchdown in these 13 games. He led the Illinois tight end room in both receptions and yards, while once again being one of the best blockers amongst tight ends in the conference.
This season, Reiman was named a team captain and started all 12 games at tight end once again. He had 19 receptions for 203 yards and 3 touchdowns, upping his numbers from last year.
Reiman is a run blocking guru with the frame to act like an extra offensive lineman when on the field. His skills as a run blocker are among the best in this draft class as he uses his strong hands and great understanding of angles to win at the point of attack and dominate matchups against smaller defenders. His frame is already NFL ready at 6’5” and 270 pounds. He also possesses a massive wingspan, which allows him to haul in passes anywhere near him. His massive catch radius paired with his usually reliable hands force defenses to respect him as a pass-catcher, despite his reputation as mainly a blocking tight end.
Reiman’s route running is suspect at times, and he’s not the most fleet of foot. His huge frame leads to Reiman having feet that are not quite as quick as other tight ends in the class. He struggles to run quick routes to create separation and also lacks the speed to be a deep threat as a receiver. His footwork in blocking is solid, but he tends to be too sluggish to react to corner or safety blitzes in the pass game, as the defensive backs are much too quick for him to effectively block.
A possible player comparison for Tip Reiman is UCLA product, Marcedes Lewis. Throughout his career, Lewis was known as a great blocker for the tight end position, who had some potential when it came to the short passing game. His play style is similar to that of Reiman, and their builds are close as well with Lewis standing at 6’6” and 261 pounds out of college. Reiman may not have quite the receiving upside of Lewis at the moment, but as he transitions into the NFL and is asked to catch the ball more, he may improve as a receiver.
Tip Reiman is a great blocking tight end with skills for the position, and decent upside in the short to medium receiving game. Teams will look at Reiman’s overall blocking ability for the tight end position as reasons to draft the 4th Year Junior from Illinois.
Draft 412 Draft Prediction - 6th or 7th round