Who is the 6-foot-5 306 pound Ryan Cummings?
Ryan Cummings may not be a household name, but he was a big part of Josh Allen's success during Allen's time with the Wyoming Cowboys, seeing action at both tackle and guard during his college career. Cummings also helped pave the way for Brian Hill, now a running back with the Cincinnati Bengals and was a teammate of Chase Rouiller, who started at center for the Washington Redskins last season. Cummings combine numbers won't blow you away (18 reps in the bench press for example) but he is a tough, smart player with a bit of a nasty streak at times. He's also a guy who will likely be available in the later rounds of the upcoming draft or possibly as a un-drafted free agent. The thought of making an NFL roster may not be too daunting for him, as he overcame a potentially life-threatening case of spinal meningitis in late 2017. My guess would be that when you have faced a deadly illness and beaten it, playing football at any level isn't all that intimidating.
Ryan Cummings Highlights
A very versatile player who saw time in college at every offensive line position except center, which he played in high school. Cummings is technically sound, with good football instincts. While he shed about 30 pounds recently, he has played in the 330 range and could do so again, especially if he is asked to play guard. His versatility lends itself to a "swingman" role coming off the bench, with the ability to fill in at tackle, guard, and maybe even center if needed. While Cummings isn't the most athletic lineman you will ever see, he always seems to get the job done and doesn't make bad decisions. Some scouts think he may be somewhat underrated due to the time he missed during his senior year with meningitis and also with a concussion.
Not the most athletic guy you will find, some scouts think he needs to get stronger to play in the NFL. While he played a fair amount of tackle in college. The athleticism questions lead many to think he would be best suited for playing guard in the pros. As with all players coming out of the Mountain West Conference, there are questions about the level of competition from week-to-week. Of course, the same versatility that allows him to play multiple positions means his experience at any one of them may not be as complete as you would like coming out of college.
Is he a fit for the Rams?
I certainly think he is worth a shot in the lower rounds and absolutely worth bringing in as a free agent if he goes undrafted. He probably won't start right away with the Los Angeles Rams, but he could end up being a diamond in the rough.
5th – UDFA
Mitchell Schwartz, Kansas City Chiefs