With the No. 51 pick in the 2021 NFL Draft, the Washington Football Team selects Texas offensive tackle Samuel Cosmi.
The Washington Football Team made waves with its first-round selection on Thursday, selecting Kentucky linebacker Jamin Davis over other, more established options. The move was validated, however, by Davis’ high athletic ceiling and strong character.
Today, the Washington Football Team entered Day 2 of the NFL Draft intent on capitalizing on their strong start. They could have traded up for a safety or another prospect, but instead, they let the board play out ahead of them, and they were able to get a top-tier prospect at No. 51 overall. Offensive tackle Samuel Cosmi was the pick.
Cosmi is a great value addition at No. 51 overall. In my opinion, he was worth considering in the first round for other teams in the 20-30 range. But because other organizations took other players like Jackson Carman, Liam Eichenberg, and Walker Little, Cosmi was able to slip, and he fell right into Washington’s lap.
Much like Davis, Cosmi is a top-tier athlete at his position. At his pro day, the Texas offensive tackle logged a Relative Athletic Score of 9.99. Among other measurements, he registered a 4.87 40-yard dash, a 30-inch vertical, a 117-inch broad jump, and 36 bench reps at 6-foot-6, 314 pounds.
On tape, Cosmi’s athleticism is noticeable, as he’s able to match edge rushers spanning out to the side of the pocket. His lateral mobility is superb, and he also has incredible power in his upper body. He doesn’t have elite length, with just 33-inch arms, but he’s still serviceable in that department, and his athleticism allows him to position himself for success in the trenches.
As of now, Cosmi is a bit raw, but his traits project very well into run blocking and pass protection. He doesn’t have as much positional versatility as other prospects at the position, but his athleticism should make him fairly flexible.
With the Washington Football Team, he’ll be entering a very good situation. He doesn’t have to start right away with Cornelius Lucas in tow, and in time, he could become a high-level starter at left tackle. I wasn’t a huge fan of picking a tackle early, but this is a home run pick. It’s excellent value, even if Washington took him over a few other comparable players.
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