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With the 55th pick in the 2021 RCF NFL Mock Draft, the Pittsburgh Steelers select...

SAMUEL COSMI, OT, Texas


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Initially, squeezed this pick in during a post-holiday meal shit.

Edit to include the following write up:

With this pick, the Steelers get good value at a position of need. Their offensive line is a bigger mess than anything you'll see in EAYOR (see thread "I just pooped a huge log"). C Maurkice Pouncey retired. G Matt Feiler left in FA. T Alejandro Villanueva just sold his Pittsburgh home and is also likely not to be back (not sure this would be a big loss since he was generally awful last year). Finally, G David DeCastro had a concerning decline in performance in 2020.

The Steelers were the league's WORST rushing team in 2020.

Big Ben showed little faith in his protection by getting rid of the ball faster than any QB in the league (avg. of only 2.1 seconds).

Bolstering the OL and adding RB Najee Harris should add some needed dimension to the Steelers offense.


Regarding Cosmi...

"Experts" have Cosmi ranked anywhere from late 1st to early 3rd:
PFF 37th overall
PFN 69th overall
Draft Network 53rd overall
Tankathon 32nd overall
Walter Football 18th overall


Here's a scouting report I stole from The Draft Network

Cosmi started in 34 of 35 games at offensive tackle for the Longhorns. Experiencing 14 games at right tackle and 21 at left tackle, he’s has a wealth of experience playing on both sides of the offensive line. At 6-foot-7 and 310 pounds, he’s a lean offensive tackle that has plenty of room left on his frame to fill out. With plenty of capacity on his body structure, he has the build to pack on 10-15 more pounds of muscle. As a run blocker, he climbs to the second level with ease in order to latch and eliminate targets. On the other hand, his lack of play strength on the first level shows up at the point of attack as he isn’t a frequent people mover. Cosmi is a shield blocker that’s able to position his frame into winning alignments in order to create running lanes. In pass protection, his length gives him an advantage against defenders that are attempting to bend and turn the corner against him. Possessing above-average athleticism, he’s able to overcompensate and get away with the current technical flaws that he has. Cosmi will need seasoning as a pass protector as he needs to gain strength as well as refine his lower half. Frequently leaving his hips parallel to the sideline and the overreliance on out-athleting his opponent will be habits that need to be eliminated. Leverage is another flaw that must continue to be worked on as he has tendencies to play sky high and it results in defenders being able to get underneath of him. The former Longhorn blocker is an athletic offensive tackle that has many ingredients already present, but needs the proper coaching in order to blend them all together and possibly add more in order to reach his final state.
 
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THE PICK IS IN!

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WITH THE 56TH PICK IN THE 2021 RCF MOCK DRAFT, THE SEATTLE SEAHAWKS SELECT...

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WALKER LITTLE, OT, STANFORD

It's no secret that one of Seattle's weaknesses the past few years has been the offensive line, and consequently this has limited their ability to keep quarterback Russell Wilson safe. While this is not the only hole in the Seahawks lineup, it's one of the most important.

Walker Little was a five star recruit and rated as the number one offensive tackle in the nation. He played well in both his freshman and sophomore seasons before suffering a knee injury in week one of his junior season, forcing him to miss the remainder of the season. He decided to return to school for academic reasons, and because he wanted to prove himself on the field again. However, in the midst of covid uncertainty, he opted out of the 2020 season.

To me, Walker Little presents an appropriate gamble on upside in the second round of the draft. Seattle needs to beef up their line, and Little was the most intriguing tackle prospect left on the board.

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With the 57th Pick — The Los Angeles Rams select:

LB Pete Werner - The Ohio State University


Pete Werner 2021 NFL Draft Profile
  • Height: 6’3″
  • Weight: 242 pounds
  • Position: Linebacker
  • School: Ohio State
  • Current Year: Senior

Tony Pauline’s Pete Werner Scouting Report​

Positives: Instinctive, hard-working linebacker with a three-down game. Quickly reads the action and unfolds plays before they take place. Immediately locates the ball, flows well to the action, and displays speed in pursuit. Breaks down well, uses his hands to protect himself, and redirects to the ball handler.

Gets depth on pass drops and shows the ability to stay downfield with faster running backs. Sells out on the blitz, fires upfield defending the run, and displays an explosive closing burst of speed. Wraps up tackling.

Featured | NFL Draft Prospects 2021: Pauline’s updated big board, player rankings

Negatives: Lacks classic size and has a wiry build. Easily disrupted from the action by blocks.

Analysis: Werner is an underrated linebacker with a terrific combination of instincts and intensity as well as physical skills. He lays it on the line every snap but also plays disciplined football. Werner has scheme versatility and is a three-down linebacker who is effective covering the pass as well as defending the run.

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With the 58th pick, The Baltimore Ravens Select:

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Dillon Radunz - Offensive Tackle North Dakota State​


Via profootballnetwork:
Positives: Talented small-school left tackle with position versatility on the offensive line. Tough, strong, and displays terrific awareness. Patient, fundamentally sound, and consistently bends his knees, blocking with leverage. Stays square, does a great job using body positioning, and seals defenders from the action.

Fires into blocks, shows explosiveness at the point, and plays with a nasty attitude. Keeps his feet moving in pass protection, gets his hands into defenders, and rides them from their angles of attack. Strong enough to turn defenders off the line run blocking. Keeps his head on a swivel and picks up stunts and twists. Quick out to the second level blocking in motion.

Negatives: Must improve his balance blocking on the move. Lacks great footwork off the edge. Not a dominant drive-blocking lineman.

Analysis: Radunz was an outstanding left tackle for North Dakota State and turned in three outstanding days of practice during January’s Senior Bowl. He offers possibilities at left tackle or even inside at guard in a zone-blocking system and comes with a large upside. While there may be bumps in the road early in his NFL career, Radunz will be a starter in the right system.

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With the 59th Pick in the 2021 NFL draft, the CLEVELAND BROWNS select:

Tyson Campbell, CB, Georgia


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  • Current Year: Junior
  • Height: 6’2″
  • Weight: 185 pounds

Tony Pauline’s Tyson Campbell Scouting Report​

Positives: Nice-sized, athletic cornerback who showed terrific development the past two seasons. Engages receivers at the line of scrimmage, quickly flips his hips in transition, and mixes it up with opponents throughout the route. Stays with assignments, sticks with receivers downfield, and stays on their hip out of breaks.

Battles throughout the play, displays a sense of timing on pass defenses, and has a burst to the ball out of his plant. Jars receivers at the point of attack, shaking the ball free. Fires up the field, works getting off blocks, and willingly defends the run.

Negatives: Slow getting his head back around and does a bit of face guarding. May struggle in bump-and-run coverage early in his career. Had a combined 1 interception and 11 pass breakups the past three seasons.

Analysis: Campbell possesses the size and underlying ball skills to start at the next level, but needs to continue to develop his game. He’s athletic and physical with the ability to line up in zone or man-off coverage. Campbell’s potential is enticing, and if properly coached, he could easily develop into a No. 2 corner on Sundays.

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The Browns addressed the edge in Round 1 and now turn to CB in Round 2. Campbell gives the team great size on the outside to matchup with some of the NFL's bigger receivers. He was the top CB on the board and will be another player to flip the defensive backfield over for a team that was gashed week in and week out by the pass in 2020. I considered OU's Perkins but thought against going Edge/Edge in the first two rounds.

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With the 61st pick in the 2021 fake NFL Draft, the Buffalo Bills select...

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Wyatt Davis, OG, Ohio State

Height: 6'4
Weight: 315
Arms: 33 7/8

Davis made the Big Ten All Decade team for his three stellar years protecting the quarterback and opening holes in the run game, according to the Big Ten Network. Once expected to be a top 30 pick, Davis suffered a knee injury in week four against Indiana. Secretly, he was already playing through a small break in his foot. Combined, Davis had to spend plays on the sidelines, including the final half of his career in the NCAA championship game. Davis claims to be 100% healed from his injuries and ready for an NFL training camp.



Tony Pauline’s Wyatt Davis Scouting Report​


Positives: Athletic guard with terrific size and upside. Sets with a wide base, bends his knees, and consistently gets leverage on opponents. Fires off the snap, fluidly gets out to the second level, and is outstanding blocking in motion. Easily slides in space displaying good lateral blocking range, stays square, and keeps his feet moving.
Very effective with his hands, properly placing them into defenders and displaying strength in his game. Terrific leader on the offensive line who is intelligent and quickly picks up assignments.

Negatives: Does not display a dominant base despite his size. Must learn to finish blocks. Suffered a significant leg injury during the national championship game in January.

Analysis:

Davis was a dominant lineman for Ohio State the past two seasons and showed continued development in his game.
He’s a zone-blocking lineman with outstanding size and needs only to improve his finishing strength to complete his game. The injury suffered during the national title game will push him down draft boards, but once he returns to health, Davis will be a productive starting guard in the NFL.

Why the Bills?

In the press conference following the playoff loss to the Chiefs, head coach Sean McDermott vowed to get better running the football. Buffalo finished second in points and total yards in 2020, but was 20th in yards rushing. Devin Singletary had 687 yards with rookie Zack Moss recording 481. Quarterback Josh Allen was one of their most effective rushers, taking 102 carries for 421 yards with eight touchdowns. The issues only got worse in the postseason, as Allen led the team with 145 yards rushing in three games.

Zack Moss is going into his second year, so I would rather fix the run game at the guard position and replace mediocre Cody Ford and/or 29 year old Jon Feliciano than select another running back.

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With the 63 pick the Kansas City Chiefs select: Jabril Cox LB LSU

  • Position: Linebacker
  • School: LSU
  • Current Year: Redshirt Senior
  • Height: 6’2 7/8″
  • Weight: 233 pounds
  • Wingspan: 79 1/2″
  • Arm: 32 3/4″
  • Hand: 8 3/4″
Positives: Athletic, disciplined run-and-chase linebacker with solid size. Agile, fluid moving laterally, and gets tremendous depth on pass drops. Efficient, instinctive, and goes sideline to sideline covering a terrific amount of area. Remains disciplined with assignments, effectively reads the action, and takes proper angles to plays.

Quickly picks up coverage assignments, stays with backs downfield, and plays to his 40 time. Fluid in his hips, possesses good change-of-direction skills, and really stands out in coverage. Effectively uses his hands to protect himself and is rarely off his feet.

Negatives: Not overly stout and doesn’t stack well against the run. Struggles taking on blocks.

Analysis: Cox is a hard-working linebacker who plays tough, instinctive football. He’s a true three-down defender and a traditional 4-3 outside linebacker who needs to get a bit stronger to complete his game. Cox offers a tremendous amount of upside, and with proper coaching and in the right system, he could be a quick starter at the next level.
Cox has the tools to fill in at both weak and strong-side linebacker situationally. He could also play linebacker in a 3-4 alignment, where his ability as a blitzer could be magnified. Versatility is the name of the game for Cox. With his athleticism, he can do a lot of things that other linebackers can’t. In an NFL where that mix-and-match capability is so important, that’s a big point of emphasis for the LSU linebacker.
 

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With the 65th Overall Pick in the 2021 RealCavsFans Mock Draft, the Jacksonville Jaguars select:

Richie Grant - S - UCF

My take: A versatile player who can develop into an immediate impact starter for a defense. Be it in a nickel role, or unseating Andrew Wingard at safety.

Went to Mobile and really impressed, was voted Top Safety and is still on the board in round three. Hard to pass up the value here.




UCF safety Richie Grant enjoyed a productive college career that featured exciting ball production. The Knights played Grant in a variety of roles including as a deep single-high safety, split zones, man coverage from the slot, and occasionally as a box safety. His best role at the next level comes as a free safety, but he is fairly interchangeable. Grant brings good size and athleticism to the table and doesn’t have physical limitations. The best components of Grant’s game are his ball skills and versatility. He’s an urgent football player that is always around the ball. When it comes to areas for Grant to develop, cleaning up some processing miscues, developing consistency with angles, and playing with better control as a tackler are at the top of the list. Grant has the makeup of a starting free safety in the NFL with the ability to make game-changing plays on the ball, there just may be a few missed tackles and blown assignments in coverage along the way.

Ideal Role: Interchangeable but primarily at free safety.

Scheme Fit: Cover One.


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With the 66th pick in the RCF Draft, the New York Football Jets select:
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Ronnie Perkins, 6'3" DE out of Oklahoma University


Ronnie Perkins NFL Draft Profile​

  • Position: Defensive End
  • School: Oklahoma
  • Current Year: Junior
  • Height: 6’3″
  • Weight: 247 pounds

Tony Pauline’s Ronnie Perkins Scouting Report​

Positives: Three-year starter who was a game-impacting defender. Plays with excellent pad level and balance and is rarely off his feet. Fast off the edge, slices through double-team blocks, and easily changes direction or immediately alters his angle of attack. Keeps his feet moving, works his hands, and covers a tremendous amount of area on the field.

Explosive, very sudden, and has a closing burst bearing down on quarterbacks. Works his hands to protect himself, plays off blocks from tight ends, and gives effort defending the run. Easily exploits immobile tackles and constantly disrupts the action behind the line of scrimmage. Gives effort and stays with assignments. Displays speed pursuing the action laterally.

Negatives: Lacks great size for defensive end. May be a liability against the run at the next level. Potential character issues must be checked out.

Analysis: Perkins was a defender who jumped off the film when he was on the field, and opponents struggled to stop him. He gives terrific effort not only rushing the passer but also chasing the action in space to make plays against the ball handler. Perkins is one of the more underrated defenders in this year’s draft and comes with a high upside. If focused on the task at hand, Perkins will be a very productive NFL defender.

Ronnie Perkins Player Profile​

Oklahoma edge rusher Ronnie Perkins began his NFL Draft journey at Lutheran High School. The St. Louis, Missouri native impressed early and often as a defensive tackle and tight end. As a sophomore in 2015, Perkins racked up 85 tackles and nine sacks. An explosive and strong defensive prospect, Perkins lived in the opposition backfield. His high school tape is littered with examples of him bursting into the backfield to take down opposing running backs.

Perkins’ play for Lutheran earned him a four-star rating from 247 Sports. As the 66th-ranked player nationally, and number one player in Missouri, it wasn’t long before collegiate offers came flooding through the door of the Perkins residence. They started small, with programs like Memphis, Miami (OH), and Bowling Green amongst the first to tempt Perkins to bring his talents to their teams.

Offers from college football giants like LSU, Georgia, and Texas A&M followed. However, nestled in amongst them, Perkins would find a home. The Oklahoma Sooners made an offer at the end of his junior season. Although other offers would come in, including from soon-to-be rivals Texas, Perkins signed his letter of intent following his senior season.

Perkins ended his high school career as the St. Louis Post Dispatch All-Metro Football Defensive Player of the Year.

Ronnie Perkins’ college career at Oklahoma​

Ronnie Perkins would make an immediate impression as an Oklahoma edge rusher. Making his first start against Florida Atlantic as a true freshman, Perkins would secure his first tackle for loss in a four-tackle game. One week later against UCLA, Perkins recorded his first career sack. Further sacks would come against Baylor (two), West Virginia, and Texas in the Big 12 Championship.

Voted a 2018 Freshman All-American by ESPN, Perkins had arrived. There would be no let-up in 2019 as a sophomore.

Perkins exploded out the gate with a career-high single-game tackle total in the season opener against Houston. It was an all-around great performance with 7 tackles, including 2 tackles for loss and a sack. Career-high tackles for loss (4) and sacks (3) would follow later against a Baylor team that Perkins specialized in terrorizing throughout his Sooners career.

From the highs to the lows and back again for Ronnie Perkins​

Perkins’ explosive performances propelled Oklahoma into the College Football Playoffs and earned him second-team All-Big 12 honors. Before the Peach Bowl matchup with LSU, however, Perkins season would abruptly end. Following a reported failed drug test related to marijuana, Perkins was suspended along with teammates Rhamondre Stevenson and Trejan Bridges.

Without their best defensive player, Oklahoma would lose to LSU. Furthermore, they would lose Perkins for the start of the 2020 season. Having served his suspension, Perkins returned for the final six games of the season in typically explosive style.

The Oklahoma edge rusher had a tackle for loss in every game. In a four-game stretch in the middle of his season, Perkins flashed his skills as a pass rusher logging at least half a sack, including two sacks in the Bedlam rivalry game with Oklahoma State.

After securing a tackle for loss in his final Oklahoma game against Florida, Ronnie Perkins announced his declaration for the 2021 NFL Draft. He leaves Norman with 32 tackles for loss and 16.5 career sacks. Despite his performances in 2020, Perkins wasn’t a part of an Oklahoma contingent at the 2021 Senior Bowl that included Creed Humphrey, Rhamondre Stevenson, Adrian Ealy, Tre Norwood, and Tre Brown.

Analyzing Ronnie Perkins’ NFL Draft Profile​

One word epitomizes Ronnie Perkins’ football career and NFL Draft profile — explosion. Perkins is one of the most explosive players in the nation at the line of scrimmage. It has been the same since his high school days. He lives in the opposition’s backfield, whether as a pass rusher or stopping the run. He has a decent toolbox of pass rush moves and isn’t afraid to use them.

Additionally, Perkins is as strong as they come. There are multiple examples on tape of him forcibly pushing mammoths a lot bigger than him back from the line of scrimmage. His power and strength manifest as a weapon in his pass-rush plan as well. Perkins uses his strong hands to shock his man at the line of scrimmage, and from there, it’s usually game over.

Finally, Perkins exhibits great speed off the Oklahoma edge on tape. Although sometimes he struggles to combine this with the bend and dip needed to get to the quarterback, he can often breeze past opposing linemen with ease.

What are some concerns with Perkins?​

The obvious red flag on Ronnie Perkins NFL Draft profile is his suspension from Oklahoma. Although I suspect it won’t have much bearing on his NFL Draft stock, there will presumably be questions asked of him around the subject from teams during the process.
Some teams may be slightly concerned by his weight. At 247 pounds, Perkins is substantially lighter than most current NFL defensive ends. He is also considerably lighter than some of his contemporaries in this 2021 NFL Draft edge class. However, it is worth mentioning that Perkins plays heavier than his weight due to his strength and power.
Finally, Perkins will have to become more disciplined at the NFL level. Although he showed great patience and awareness in the majority of his high school and college tape, there are times when his explosiveness leads to a “bull in a china shop” approach.

What are Ronnie Perkins’ best 2021 NFL Draft fits?​

As Ronnie Perkins prepares for the 2021 NFL Draft, what are the best fits for the Oklahoma edge rusher? He will find most success as a traditional defensive end in a 4-3 system, as well as with his hand in the dirt or standing up.
There are multiple teams with edge rush needs that operate a 4-3 system in the NFL. Some likely fits for Perkins could include the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, Dallas Cowboys, and Seattle Seahawks.

Where is defensive end Ronnie Perkins’ NFL Draft stock currently sitting? In his latest big board for Pro Football Network, Tony Pauline lists Perkins as his number one defensive end, 15th overall ranked prospect, and a first-round grade.

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