Top 100 Prospects – OT Riley Reiff

South Dakota football is hardly known as a football factory, largely because the sparse population has not produced many high schoolers that ended up as pro football players.

A handful of players had long careers: DL John Dutton, TE Jay Novacek, QB Norm Van Brocklin and K Adam Vinatieri. Currently only three South Dakota-born players are in the league: Vinatieri and Minnesota LBs Chad Greenway and Ben Leber. State population in the 2010 census was 814,180, that’s the 46th most populated state ahead of only Alaska, North Dakota, Vermont and Wyoming. There are 64 metro areas in the United States with more people living there than inhabit the entire state of South Dakota. There are less than 75 high schools playing 11-man football in South Dakota.

Another South Dakota native will soon be in the league – OT Riley Reiff out of Parkston, S.D. and the University of Iowa, where he played three seasons for the Hawkeyes. Reiff is considered one of the best blockers in the country and his name should be called in first or second round. “I look forward to increasing the number of South Dakota players in the league,” Reiff said. “We can play the game, it’s just that there are so many of us and there are other sports that divide attention.” Here’s the rest of his story.

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