Draft Class: 2018
School: James Madison
Position: Offensive Tacke
Question and Answer with Aaron Stinnie
What is your name (School-Position)?
Aaron Stinnie (James Madison-OT)
Have you ever played any other position outside of offensive tackle?
Yes, I’ve played on the defensive line.
What would you consider your biggest asset on the field?
I would say my athleticism and my footwork.
What would you consider your biggest weakness?
Sometimes during pass sets, I let my feet get to close together. I plan to work on that throughout camp and the fall.
Is there any player at the next level that you strive to emulate?
Tyron Smith (left tackle for the Dallas Cowboys)
Who is the toughest player that you’ve matched up with so far in your career?
Tanoh Kpassagnon (former Villanova DE and current Kansas City Chief)
Tell us something that no one knows about you.
I love to draw.
Any parting words for your friends and fans out there?
I want to thank God for all his blessings, and I want to thank my friends and family for all their love and support.
Prior to 2017 (jmusports.com)
2016 as a Redshirt Junior: Started all 15 games at left tackle… HERO Sports FCS Second Team All-American… First Team All-CAA Offensive Lineman… ECAC First Team All-Star… VaSID First Team All-State… Roanoke Times Second Team All-State… Part of an offensive line that set JMU and CAA single-season records in scoring (700), rushing offense (4,125), total offense (7,612) and first downs (380)… Offense led the FCS in completion percentage (70.8%), team pass efficiency (181.69) and first downs… Also ranked second in scoring (46.7), third in total offense (507.5), fourth in third-down conversions (50%), fifth in rushing (275.0) and 10th in turnovers lost (13)… JMU produced more than 50 points in six games this season with an average win margin at 25.5 points per game… Named JMU’s Offensive Lineman of the Year.
2015 as a Redshirt Sophomore: Started all 12 games… Part of an offensive line that ranked second nationally in FCS in scoring (44.3) and total offense (528.8)… Offense led the nation on third-down conversions (54%), while also ranking third in first down offense (329), fourth in completion percentage (66.9%), seventh in rushing offense (273.8) and ninth in red-zone offense (89.4%)… Transitioned from defensive line to offensive line during spring practice… CAA Football Academic All-Conference Team.
2014 as a Redshirt Freshman: Played in 12 games… Had 11 total tackles, including six solo, to go with 1.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks and a quarterback hurry… Season-high five tackles (three solo) in regular-season finale win over Elon (Nov. 22)… Had a pair of tackles at Villanova (Sept. 20) and versus Towson (Oct. 11).
2013 as a Freshman: Redshirted to retain a year of eligibility
High School: Played organized football for only two years, playing on both of the offensive and defensive lines at St. Anne’s-Belfield… Had 45 total tackles (21 solos) along with eight tackles for loss, five sacks, two forced fumbles and one fumble recovery… Earned First Team All-State VISAA Division 2 recognition at both offensive and defensive lineman his senior year… Was also named Second Team All-Central Virginia and Second Team All-ODFC as a defensive lineman… After his first season as a junior, he was named to the Second Team VISFA Old Dominion on defense… Also played basketball in high school… Earned a place on the Honor Roll.
Personal: Full name is Aaron Phillip Stinnie… Son of Phil Stinnie and Julia Stinnie… Majoring in kinesiology.
Aaron Stinnie is an intersting prospect, with only two years of collegiate offensive line play. He really stepped into his own last season, earning First Team All-CAA honors. Some of his best film was against Youngstown State’s Avery Moss (New York Giants DE), in last year’s FCS Championship. It was a back and forth battle, showing both positives and negatives for the young man.
The run game is a staple of the James Madison offense, and Stinnie fits in well. He’s athletic enough to slide of blocks and take out targets at the next level in a hurry. He also show the ability to turn defenders and wall off running lanes. He could stand to add some functional strength, and will need to at the next level to hold up against NFL defensive ends.
Stinnie shines here, using his athletic ability and long frame to keep defenders from getting inside his body. He has smooth footwork in pass sets most of the time, but speed to power guys can give him issues initially. Stinnie does well anchoring against bullrushes and resetting his feet. If he can continue to develop, Stinnie should be one of best at his postition next season.
We gave Aaron Stinnie the highest grade given to an offensive tackle so far in this class (39 graded players at OT). With his current trajectory and progression, expect to hear his name somewhere on day 2. He has the athletic ability and a multi-sport background that NFL teams fall in love with. If he continues to work on his craft, this Duke will be playing on Sundays.