Riley Reiff
Reiff in 2017
No. 71     
Offensive tackle
Personal information
Date of birth: (1988-12-01) December 1, 1988 (age 31)
Place of birth: Parkston, South Dakota
Career information
College: Iowa
NFL Draft: 2012 / Round: 1 / Pick: 23
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
*Detroit Lions ( 2012 2016)
Roster status: Active
Career highlights and awards
*College Football All-American (2011)
Career NFL statistics as of 2018
Games played     105
Games started     97

Riley Reiff (born December 1, 1988) is an American football offensive tackle for the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League. He played college football at Iowa and was drafted by the Detroit Lions in the first round, 23rd overall of the 2012 NFL Draft. After spending five seasons with the Lions, Reiff became a free agent and signed with the Vikings.

High school careerEdit

Born in Parkston, South Dakota to Jo and Tom Reiff, Riley attended Parkston High School, where he was a two-time South Dakota Elite 45 team selection under head coach Jon Mitchel. Reiff was a two-way player for the Trojans, receiving first-team All-State honors at defensive end as a sophomore and junior, as well as first-team All-State honors at tight end as a senior. As a senior in 2007-08, Reiff was named South Dakota Gatorade Player of the Year. During his high school career, Reiff recorded 261 total tackles, 23 sacks and eight interceptions on defense, and also caught 27 passes for 321 yards and nine touchdowns on offense.

In addition to football, Reiff also lettered in golf, track and was a three-time wrestling champion with a career record of 121-1, claiming three state titles. Reiff also excelled in the throwing events for the Parkston track and field team, owning personal-bests throws of 54'5" (16.59 m) in the shot put and 147'8" (45.01 m) in the discus throw.[1]

Reiff was listed as a three-star defensive end prospect by and was ranked 28th nationally among senior strongside defensive ends.[2] When it came to recruiting, one of Reiff's most persistent suitors was Iowa assistant coach Reese Morgan, who also lured former Vikings' linebacker Chad Greenway to Iowa City back in 2001. Reiff initially committed to the Hawkeyes in April 2007, while still a junior at Parkston. He later had second thoughts and switched his verbal commitment to Nebraska, indicating that he "pulled the trigger a little too early" with Iowa, but when the Cornhuskers started sinking under the direction of Bill Callahan, Reiff found his way back to the Hawkeyes.[3]

College careerEdit

After redshirting his initial year at Iowa, Reiff started 11 of 13 games on the Hawkeyes' offensive line—three at left tackle, seven at left guard and final game at right tackle. He was named third team Freshman All-America by College Football News. In his sophomore year, Reiff replaced Bryan Bulaga at left tackle, starting all 13 games of the season. He was named second team All-Big Ten by league coaches and media.

A preseason All-American, Reiff started all 13 games at left tackle in his junior season as well. He was named All-Big Ten by coaches and media, as well as All-American by Pro Football Weekly, which evaluates players on NFL prospects and draft value rather just college production.[4] On January 4, 2012, only a few days after Iowa's loss in the 2011 Insight Bowl, Reiff announced his decision to forgo his final year of eligibility at Iowa, entering the 2012 NFL Draft.[5]

Professional careerEdit

Already prior to his junior season, Reiff has been projected as a potential first round NFL Draft.[6][7] In October 2011, Sports Illustrated′s Tony Pauline ranked him as the No. 14 prospect on his midseason draft board.[8] Prior to the NFL Combine in February 2012, Reiff was still perceived as a top-15 pick.[9] At the combine, Reiff displayed decent athleticism but disappointed with his measureables; his 33 14 in (84.5 cm) arms—although longer than those of Joe Thomas (32 12 in or 82.6 cm) and Jake Long (32 78 in or 83.5 cm)—were deemed too short for an NFL left tackle.[10] As a result, Reiff dropped out of the first round in some post-combine mock drafts.[11][12] However, Mike Mayock still ranked him the No. 2 offensive tackle, behind Matt Kalil, after the combine,[13] just as he did prior to the combine.[14]

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16px Reiff's NFL Combine workout
16px Reiff gets drafted by Detroit
Pre-draft measureables
Ht WtArm lengthHand size 40-yd dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert Broad BP
6 ft 5⅝ in 313 lb33¼ in10⅛ in 5.23 s 1.82 s 3.02 s 4.75 s 7.87 s 29½ in 8 ft 2 in 26 reps

Detroit LionsEdit

2012 seasonEdit

File:Detroit Lions offensive tackle Riley Reiff.jpg

Reiff was drafted by the Detroit Lions at 23rd overall in the 2012 NFL Draft. He was the second of only two offensive tackles selected in the first round of the 2012 NFL Draft (behind Matt Kalil, who was selected 4th overall by the Vikings). Reiff's duties in his rookie campaign were limited to that of a blocking tight end/H-back. He earned his first career start in Week 4 against the Minnesota Vikings on September 30. Reiff had one start at the left tackle position coming in the teams Thanksgiving Day matchup against the Houston Texans. In Week 14, he rotated in the offensive line as usual and also returned a short kickoff for 10 yards. Despite his limited role in the 2012 season, Reiff was rated as the Lions top run blocker by Pro Football Focus (PFF). He was voted by his teammates for the Mel Farr Rookie of the Year Award.

2013 seasonEdit

After veteran Lions tackle Jeff Backus retired before the start of the 2013 season, Reiff took over his position at left tackle. He prepared for his expanded duties by adding over 12 pounds of muscle.[15] He started at left tackle in the season opener game against Minnesota on September 8 and helped the Lions gain 481 yards of total offense. Reiff ended up starting all 16 games at left tackle and helped pave the way for 15 rushing touchdowns and an average of 392.1 net yards per game, the sixth-best mark in the league. Regarding to pass blocking, the Lions ranked second in the NFL in sacks allowed with 23.

2014 seasonEdit

In 2014, Reiff started his mainstay at left tackle in Week 1 against the New York Giants on September 8 and provided protection that led to 20 first downs for the Lions offense. He missed the first game of his NFL career due to injury on Thanksgiving Day, but rebounded to start all 15 games he played in.

2015 seasonEdit

On April 24, 2015, the Lions announced that they would pick up the fifth-year option of Reiff's contract.[16]

Minnesota VikingsEdit

On March 9, 2017, Reiff signed a five-year, $58.75 million contract with the Minnesota Vikings.[17][18] Per a source, Reiff received an $11 million signing bonus, a fully guaranteed base salary of $6.2 million in 2017, and a fully guaranteed base salary of $9.1 million in 2018 with a full guarantee at signing of $26.3 million. After 2018, the deal becomes a year-to-year proposition, with compensation of $9.5 million, $11 million, and $11.75 million in 2019, 2020, and 2021.[19] Reiff entered his first season as a Vikings as their starting left tackle, where he started 15 games.

Reiff entered 2018 as the Vikings starting left tackle and a team captain, starting 13 games and missing three with a foot injury.

Personal lifeEdit

Before his time in the NFL, Reiff was an avid fan of the Oakland Raiders.[20]

While an incoming freshman at Iowa, Reiff was charged with public intoxication, being arrested only after a 20-minute foot chase through downtown Iowa City, Iowa.[21]

Reiff has a younger brother, Brady Reiff, who was a three-star recruit coming out of high school and that now plays as a defensive end at Iowa.


  1. S.D. State Class A Track and Field Championships.
  3. Parkston's Riley Reiff is now a Viking
  4. "PFW 2011 All-America team". Pro Football Weekly. December 11, 2011. Archived from the original on February 4, 2012.
  5. Rittenberg, Adam (January 4, 2012). "Iowa's Riley Reiff to enter draft".
  6. Prisco, Pete (May 1, 2011). "Flash forward: Top 32 picks for the 2012 NFL Draft".
  7. Pauline, Tony (May 3, 2011). "Stanford's Luck headlines early look at top 2012 draft prospects". Sports Illustrated.
  8. Pauline, Tony (October 24, 2011). "Andrew Luck, Trent Richardson high in midseason NFL draft rankings".
  9. Banks, Don (February 22, 2012). "2012 NFL Mock Draft 2.0".
  10. Silva, Evan (February 25, 2012). "Iowa’s Reiff has short arms for a left tackle". Pro Football Talk.
  11. Lande, Russ (March 1, 2012). "Mock draft: Memphis' Dontari Poe moves into top 10". Sporting News.
  12. "NFL Draft coming into focus". Fox News. March 6, 2012.
  13. Mayock, Mike (March 5, 2012). "Post-combine position rankings for 2012 NFL Draft".
  14. Mayock, Mike (February 14, 2012). "Pre-combine position rankings for 2012 NFL Draft".
  15. Riley Reiff has added weight in anticipation of starting at left tackle
  16. Patra, Kevin (April 24, 2015). "Lions to pick up fifth-year option on OT Riley Reiff". Retrieved January 18, 2016.
  17. Wesseling, Chris (March 9, 2017). "Vikings bolster O-line with tackle Riley Reiff".
  18. Smith, Eric (March 10, 2017). "Vikings Sign Offensive Tackle Riley Reiff".
  19. Vikings spend many millions on offensive linemen
  21. Groten, Perry (July 20, 2008). "Parkston Football Star Arrested In Iowa". Keloland.,72031.

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