Vretman was the top offensive lineman at a star-studded Opening N.J. Regional, where he earned MVP honors. But lets break down his skill set and examine what he’ll add to Rutgers new power spread offense when he arrives.
Projected collegiate position
Vretman, who officially measured 6-6, 295-pounds at the Opening N.J. Regional, has the size and athleticism for the offensive tackle position at the FBS level of play. Operating out of a three point stance, Vretman showcases the balance and agility needed to play on his feet and adjust to quickness in tight spaces.
He has tackle feet and could potentially play left tackle out of need, if not interior guard or center, due to his mauling qualities and ability to bend. But he has the skill-set to become an elite right (or front-side) tackle.
Vretman is a physical prospect, who works to finish defenders into the ground. He demonstrates the ability to gain an initial advantage with his fit, and competes with a strong base and leg drive, sustaining well down the field with balance and power.
He also displays the ability to handle inside quickness and reach for leverage against offset defenders.
He has long enough arms and nimble enough feet to protect out on the edge. He competes with patience hands out of his kick slide with good bend, balance and anticipation.
He also flashes the ability to adjust and pick up late edge rushers without crossing his feet, and does a good job within the framework of the body, working his hands inside after initial contact.
Areas for improvement
Vretman will sometimes pop up out of his stance and play tall, something most big offensive linemen struggle with out of high school. He lacks a dominate initial punch, yet displays good location and extension. And his lack of experience, as he’s only played two years of organized football, will also be something for him to overcome.
Vretman is talented enough to compete for playing time as a freshman, but it’s more likely he’ll be red-shirted as he continues to grow physically while improving his explosion and playing strength, and getting used to the speed of the college game.
And it’s most important that he continues to learn the game and bury his head in the playbook as he only has two years worth of playing experience to lean on. But he has three-year starter and potential All-Big Ten offensive lineman written all over him.