Old School. That’s what Ryan Hewitt is, he is old school. Hewitt was one of the prized gems in Jim Harbaugh’s program changing 2009 recruiting class. Although Hewitt did not put up great numbers in his career, he has made himself into a legitimate NFL prospect. Hewitt has been an integral part of the Stanford Cardinal‘s power run offense this season, which has made him a highly sought run blocking fullback on the next level. Two weeks ago, Hewitt was invited to play in the Senior Bowl, which will provide him the perfect opportunity to improve his NFL draft stock from a late-round pick to a mid-round pick.
It looks like Hewitt can have a similar career to former Cardinal fullback Jon Ritchie, who was drafted by the Oakland Raiders in the third round of the 1998 NFL draft. In an ideal world, Hewitt would get selected by a team that features a power run scheme. It would not be surprising to see Hewitt being selected by his former head coach Jim Harbaugh and the San Francisco 49ers. Hewitt has shown that he can consistently open up holes for his running back, which would be perfect for the plethora of running schemes that the 49ers use.
Even though Hewitt has been primarily used as a run blocker, he is also a capable receiver. Hewitt was recruited to the farm to play tight end but he never was able to get enough playing time at tight end to put up big numbers. Hewitt’s 6’4 246 pound frame will make him a perfect option in the red zone. The fact that Hewitt can combine his old school run blocking skills with the versatile ability to play tight end will make him a hot commodity for NFL teams.
It will be exciting to see how Hewitt plays in his final game of his career against the Michigan State Spartans and their number one ranked defense. You can bet that NFL scouts will be looking to see how Hewitt can handle the five potential NFL players on the Spartans’ defense. It’s unlikely that Hewitt does anything major with the ball in his hands, but he will be a key component to the Cardinal offensive game plan.