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Will Rackley

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Will Rackley
No. 65
Position:Guard
Personal information
Born: (1989-10-11) October 11, 1989 (age 34)
Athens, Greece[1]
Height:6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
Weight:310 lb (141 kg)
Career information
High school:Riverdale (Riverdale, Georgia)
College:Lehigh
NFL draft:2011 / Round: 3 / Pick: 76
Career history
Career highlights and awards
  • 3× First-team All-Patriot League honors (2008−2010)
  • Associated Press first-team All-America honors (2010)
  • Patriot League Academic Honor Roll honors (2009)
Career NFL statistics
Games played:26
Games started:25
Player stats at PFR

William Rackley III (born October 11, 1989) is a former American football offensive guard. He was selected by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the third round of the 2011 NFL Draft. He played college football at Lehigh University.

Early life

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Rackley was born in Athens, Greece.[1] He attended Riverdale High School in Riverdale, Georgia, where he was a teammate of Cordy Glenn. He played football at Riverdale, earned first-team all-area honors as an offensive lineman and second-team all-area honors as a defensive lineman. He was recruited by Lehigh University, Lafayette College, Colgate University, and Georgia Tech, but ultimately chose to attend Lehigh. While at Lehigh, he was a member of Delta Upsilon fraternity.[2]

College career

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Rackley started in every game for the Mountain Hawks in each of his four seasons, the only one to do so in the last 20 years at Lehigh.[2] Rackley started for coach Andy Coen in 2007, the first freshman to start at offensive line under Coen. Rackley earned first-team All-Patriot League honors from 2008 to 2010.[3] He received his Bachelor of Arts in Design from Lehigh on May 23, 2011.[4]

Professional career

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Pre-draft

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Along with David Arkin, Ben Ijalana, and Brandon Fusco, Rackley was considered one of the best small-school offensive line prospects.[5]

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight 40-yard dash 10-yard split 20-yard split 20-yard shuttle Three-cone drill Vertical jump Broad jump Bench press
6 ft 3+14 in
(1.91 m)
309 lb
(140 kg)
5.39 s 1.86 s 3.08 s 4.94 s 7.91 s 23+12 in
(0.60 m)
8 ft 3 in
(2.51 m)
29 reps
40-yard dash, 10-split, and 20-split values from Pro Day on March 17, 2011, all other values from 2011 NFL Scouting Combine.[6]

Jacksonville Jaguars

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Rackley was selected with the 76th overall pick in the 2011 NFL Draft by the Jacksonville Jaguars.[7] He played 15 games in his rookie season, including 14 starts at left guard. In the 2012 preseason, right tackle Eben Britton was moved to Rackley's position of left guard. Rackley was then expected to contribute as a backup guard and center before suffering an injury. Rackley spent the 2012 season on injured reserve. In 2013, Rackley returned to the starting left guard position. He was placed on injured reserve on December 17, 2013.

Rackley was released by the Jaguars on May 12, 2014.

Baltimore Ravens

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Rackley signed with the Baltimore Ravens on May 19, 2014.[8] The Ravens placed Rackley on injured reserve on August 25, 2014, with a concussion.[9]

References

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  1. ^ a b Thomas, Jim (April 20, 2011). "Lehigh lineman impresses Rams, scouts before draft". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Retrieved August 12, 2012.
  2. ^ a b Frank, Reuben (February 26, 2011). "Lehigh lineman Rackley taking his best shot". Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia. Retrieved April 8, 2011.
  3. ^ "Will Rackley". lehighsports.com. Retrieved April 8, 2011.
  4. ^ "Lehigh senior student-athletes conclude college careers," Lehigh University, Tuesday, May 24, 2011.
  5. ^ Edholm, Eric (February 25, 2011). "OL prospects putting small schools on NFL map". Pro Football Weekly. Archived from the original on May 7, 2011. Retrieved April 2, 2012.
  6. ^ "Will Rackley, DS #4 OG, Lehigh". nfldraftscout.com. Retrieved April 8, 2011.
  7. ^ "2011 NFL Draft Listing". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved February 26, 2019.
  8. ^ Downing, Garrett (May 19, 2014). "Ravens Sign Three Players, Cut Matt Furstenburg And Two Others". BaltimoreRavens.com. Retrieved October 10, 2015.
  9. ^ "Ravens Trim Roster Down To 75". Archived from the original on August 28, 2014. Retrieved August 25, 2014.
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