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Underrated OT Surprising at Steelers Training Camp



Steelers OL Dylan Cook

UNITY TWP., Pa. — The Steelers have searching for some tackle depth behind their top guys right now. Le’Raven Clark is one of the guys who might be the favorite to get the fourth tackle job right now, but there is one name that is starting to stand out in a surprising way. That guy would be former Buccaneers tackle Dylan Cook, who used to be a quarterback who then quit football and returned when the chance to play offensive line arose.

“I’ve always been big. In high school I was 6-foot-5, 250,” Cook said. “I’ve always been big, so I guess the thought has always been there, but I never truthfully considered it until I was at home, not doing anything.”

To say the least, that is an odd way to get to the NFL and a training camp, but the former Montana tackle is now here. If the training camp practices are any indication, it doesn’t seem like Cook wants the opportunity with the Steelers to go to waste, as he has put together a nice training camp.

Cook is on my radar. He is big, but smooth. I like that combination. Trust me, Cook is not perfect, but he is competitive consistently and has lightning-quick feet with solid enough hands. This is someone who is a sleeper in the tackle room to push for a roster spot. I thought he looked intelligent as well, and took on bull rushes well with a good anchor. Sometimes, he opens up the inside shoulder and that can get him caught.

Credit to Cook. He looked smooth in these drills, and I wanted to see if it would translate into the team periods. It does and he has a variety of pass sets in his repertoire. Cook looks comfortable with offensive line coach Pat Meyer’s independent hands philosophy. He had a good practice on Wednesday. If he can continue some strong practices, he could end up being a guy who sneakily could make a roster push.

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