This new section highlights which players have improved or worsened their 2021 NFL Draft stock as the draft approaches.
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2021 NFL Draft Stock Up
Sam Cosmi, OT, Texas
Sources who were at the Texas Longhorns' pro day said Cosmi really helped himself with his impressive workout. Checking in at 6-foot-6, 314 pounds, Cosmi has good size alongside the height, length and bulk to be an edge blocker in the NFL. He ran a fast 40 for an offensive tackle at 4.87 seconds and bench pressed 225 pounds 36 times, which was another impressive number. Cosmi's workout should help make him a late first-round or second-round pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.
Aaron Robinson, CB, Central Florida
Team sources say Robinson is one of the faster and more fluid cover corners in the 2021 NFL Draft. For the next level, they feel he would be a really good fit for press-man or off-man coverage, while his vision and analysis issues make him a poor fit in zone. Still, Robinson's size, speed, and coverage ability could have him going as a first-round pick this April.
Spencer Brown, OT, Northern Iowa
The 6-foot-8, 314-pound Brown was a 2-year starter at tackle for Northern Iowa and decided to skip his senior year to enter the 2021 NFL Draft. Team sources say Brown is a good athlete and long, but he is very raw and has holes in his game. Those developmental issues are understandable because he played eight-man football in high school and was a defensive end before starting out his collegiate career at tight end. Brown also had three different offensive line coaches oer the past three years. Along with the development, Brown has medical concerns that could hurt him with some teams. However, scouts rave about his character being great, and they feel if a team is patient, Brown could turn into a good starter.
Monty Rice, LB, Georgia
Rice was a tough run defender for Georgia the past three seasons while improving in pass coverage. The senior totaled 49 tackles, one sack, two forced fumbles and a pass broken up in 2020. His largest totals came as a junior, with 89 tackles and three passes batted. The 6-foot-1, 235-pounder could become a nice value pick because he has three-down starting potential for the NFL. Some teams have him graded in the third round and think he could be sleeper steal.
Greg Newsome II, CB, Northwestern
Newsome had a mixed pro day, according to team sources. They said he helped himself with a surprisingly fast 40, but he did not look good in team drills. Some scouts said that based off his tape, they would have predicted the reverse of that - some deep-speed problems - but he showed an excellent ability to run the route with fluid athleticism. Overall though, the tape shows Newsome's ability to cover, and now he has produced a fast 40 to help ease speed concerns for the NFL.
Jayson Oweh, DE, Penn State
Oweh flashed some edge-rush potential for Penn State. In 2019, he totaled five sacks and 21 tackles. Oweh made 38 tackles in 2020, but he didn't notch a sack and had only four sacks over his last 18 games of college football. The 6-foot-5, 252-pounder is a workout warrior who could rise into the first round after he blazes a fast 40 and shows off his great athleticism. Oweh is a weight room star as well, and that strength translates into him being solid in the ground game for a defender who weighs less than 260.
Team sources say Oweh could go late in the first round or early in the second round of the 2021 NFL Draft. They say that his track record and tape are that of a second-day pick, but because he is a workout warrior, they think a team could fall in love from his pro day.
2021 NFL Draft Stock Down
Rashad Weaver, DE, Pittsburgh
Weaver is a love/hate prospect in speaking to a few different teams. Those who don't like him think he is a stiff edge defender who lacks the speeds and agility to get to the quarterback. The teams that like him see a strong edge defender who has heavy hands and has two-gap potential. It sounds like there are more skeptics than believers, and Weaver could slide well into the second day of the 2021 NFL Draft as a result.
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