A transfer from Western Illinois, Ratkovich is a versatile prospect capable of performing multiple duties on an NFL team. Ratkovich played running back, H-Back, fullback, and even wildcat quarterback for the Huskies. Clint is currently majoring in engineering technologies and has been elected as a team captain twice while at Western Illinois.
FB – #25 Northern Illinois
Year: Redshirt Senior
High School: Crete-Monee (Crete, IL)
HS Rating: N/A
Phil Steele: N/A
Clint Ratkovich Scouting Report
Not particularly fast, but a smart runner who see’s the field well. Not great at changing direction, very much a north and south style runner. Offers some brute ability, but is undersized and limited in this area. Really needs to put more onto his frame.
Has some run power ability. Not particularly good for the position because of the lack of size. Takes a few steps to get into his next gear. Not particularly fast. Explosive athlete, very explosive for a fullback. Doesn’t show good hands. Looks uncomfortable trying to catch. Good route runner.
Not a particularly strong run blocker. Typically smart run blocker. Tends to get his hands too wide and can’t use his upper body strength to control the block. Very solid pass blocker out of the backfield. Very solid technique. Very comfortable going into pass protection. Uses his hands well and set is great.
What we want to see from Clint Ratkovich in Las Vegas
- The biggest issue with Clint Ratkovich’s game is his lack of size to be a fullback at the next level. Ratkovich is at least 15 pounds underweight from what he’s expected to meet. We want to see him show up in Las Vegas with a few extra pounds and closer to making weight.
- Blocking has to be more consistent. We want to see Ratkovich be a more consistent blocker in repetitions both in practice and during the game.
Pre-Shrine Bowl projection
Ratkovich has the upside to be a utility player in an offense for the next several years, but he might need a year to adjust to the NFL level. That being said, he brings value not only with offensive versatility but also with special teams. While the league waits for him to make weight, he can be a fierce special teams contributor.
We like Ratkovich as a fifth/seventh-round prospect at the moment. We believe that he will be drafted because of his upside as a fullback/H-Back in the league, but there is that slight chance that with a poor pre-draft cycle, Ratkovich slips into the PFA range.