Design evaluation of class 2021 – OLB Quincy Roche

With only a few weeks to the NFL 2022 draft, it’s a good time, like everyone else, to turn our attention back to the Pittsburgh Steelers draft class in 2021 and look back on their first year in the league and what it looks like. the future. as at this point. The team gained a disproportionate amount of playing time from its rookie class last season, with almost every draft pick making a significant contribution.

The Steelers had a total of nine draft picks, including one in the fifth round after exchanging the fourth round pick in 2022 for one, so they won’t have one this year. They had at least one choice in each round, two in the fourth and two in the seventh.

Their first four picks were all in attack, for the first time in history they used their first four picks on one side of the ball. Their next four drafts in the draft were all defensive players, but they completed their class with one selection of special teams.

Of the Steelers’ nine draft selections in 2021, eight reached the 53-man roster and remained on the team. The only exception was their selection in the sixth round, external defender Quincy Roche, which is probably a decision they should regret, albeit on a very small scale.

After all, Roche, who immediately demanded an exemption from the New York Giants and had a moderately productive season for them as a substitute, lost to a spot in the roster with Jamir Jones, who was knocked out just a few weeks into the season and had a less successful season.

The man who replaced Jones, Derrek Tuszka, also didn’t have a very remarkable season for TJ Watt and Alex Highsmith as a Steelers player, but at least he’s still there. Nevertheless, he will compete for a place on the roster along with Genard Avery and John Simon, both of whom are more experienced players.

As for Roche, he and Jones had productive preparation seasons, but Jones undoubtedly had a more impressive performance. The vast majority of people predicted that Jones would become a team and Roche probably wouldn’t, or at least that both would. Very few people really thought Roche would take Jones’ place off the list.

As for the season he had, Roche played 14 games with the Giants, started three starts and controlled 401 shots of defensive playing time along with another 109 in special teams. He finished the season with 38 games, including five for loss, with two and a half sacks, five hits and a forced fumble.

This is not bad for a newcomer in a later round who was entitled to an exemption to play in a system other than the one in which he trained. Of course, not that it would form such a large diamond in its rough state, but there were definitely times last season when the depth of the team’s test was tested and could be useful.

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