Samuel Cosmi Draft Prospect Profile and Scouting Report

Texas OT Samuel Cosmi is profiled in advance of the 2021 NFL Draft

Name: Samuel Cosmi

School: Texas

Year: rJr

Position: Tackle

Measurements: 6’7”, 309 lbs

 

General Info:

Samuel Cosmi was a 3 star offensive tackle recruit out of Humble, Texas. He was named 2nd team 6A All State as a senior, leading Atascocita to the state semifinals. Not highly recruited, he initially committed to Houston, but flipped his commitment to Texas after head coach Tom Herman made the same move.

He arrived at Texas at only 260 pounds but would add 40 pounds during his redshirt year of 2017. As a redshirt freshman, he would play in all 14 games while starting the final 13 at right tackle and be named to the Freshman All American team.

In 2019, Cosmi switched from right tackle to left tackle. He would start all 13 games on the season and earn 2nd team All Big 12. In 2020, he again started at left tackle, starting 8 games before choosing to opt out of the final 3 games of the season to prepare for the NFL Draft. He was named 1st team All Big 12 and 2nd team All America from CBS Sports and 247 Sports.

 

Position Skills:

Cosmi is a hulking tackle with rare athleticism for his size. He is a mauler in the run game. He has great awareness and football intelligence, using good angles to get in advantageous positions not only versus down linemen but also on the second level. He does a great job staying on his block, moving his feet, and finishing guys in the run game. He is more than happy burying defenders into the dirt after moving them out of the way.

Cosmi is very good at combo blocking with a teammate, deftly passing the defender off and getting to the next level. He uses his mobility to continually look for another guy to block, staying active downfield. He was used effectively by Texas to pull around and set the edge on many of their quick screens to receivers and on outside runs.

In pass protection, Cosmi does a good job mirroring edge rushers while having a strong enough base to be able to hold his ground if being bull rushed. He uses his long arms to frustrate smaller defenders, keeping them at bay and redirecting their rushes. He is a natural knee bender that does not get overpowered.

The things that Cosmi will need to improve on at the next level are few and far between. Being as tall as he is, he can sometimes play a little high, but he often uses good technique to not get bulled back. His footwork is very good, but he can sometimes step with the wrong foot, giving the defender the opportunity to get the initial jump on him. In college, he was strong and agile enough to recover and complete his block, but he will need to shore that up in the NFL. He could also stand to get stronger in the upper body, as he does not have an extremely powerful punch.

 

Fit with the Packers:

Samuel Cosmi is an ideal fit for the Packers. He is a guy that could come in and start at right tackle from day one. He possesses the size and base strength that offensive line coaches dream of, while also being very athletic. Green Bay looks for linemen that are athletic enough to get to the second level in the run game and Cosmi fits that bill to a tee. The few things he needs to fix are strictly technique-based. In a typical year, Cosmi would most likely be a first-round pick, but with the depth of tackle in this draft, he is looked at as a second day selection. He will likely go in the second round, and Green Bay could fill both short term and long-term holes with him.

 

 

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splitpea1's picture

February 27, 2021 at 06:20 pm

Yeah, this looks like the guy. I'll bet Gute is lusting over him already--enough to give up a lower pick to move up and get him in the second round? If Cosmi is as good as it sounds he might be, then it's well worth it.

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stockholder's picture

February 27, 2021 at 06:44 pm

This is the guy @29. But does he really want a OT?

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February 28, 2021 at 05:14 pm

Yes!

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February 27, 2021 at 09:40 pm

One Packers Draft Strategy by round:
1. Best available CB or OT
2. Best available CB or OT (Packers get one of each after two rounds)
3. RB only if Jermar Jefferson still on the board
WR only if Elijah Moore or Amari Rodgers available (fills punt/kick return)
ILB only if Dylan Moses still onboard (sliding down due to injury history)
Best available Edge/OLB.
4a. Best available WR/RB/Edge if one not selected already.
4b. Best available ILB/Safety hybrid. No plodding LB i.e. Paddy Fisher
5-7: Almost anything goes. BAP regardless of position. High Risk/Reward guys.
At least 1 IDL but all the good ones gone in rounds 1 & 2.
Athletes who can play ST. Speed and athleticism. Smarts would be bonus.

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scoonie_penn's picture

February 28, 2021 at 06:29 am

I mirror your thought process. Not sure E Moore slides to the 3rd but if he did, he'd be a great get. I used to think Moses would be a nice pickup but after I heard he contemplated retiring from football and had to be convinced to play, that raised a red flag. I like ALA/SEC defensive players but they really take a beating so medical evals are extraordinarily important.

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stockholder's picture

February 28, 2021 at 07:45 am

1. If CB is your wish in 1 and 2. You take the best one in rd. 1. Even trading up. No -body is agreeing on the best CB. If the Packers pick that CB. It will be a mistake. Because the DL is how you'll win. I remember Terrel Buckley. Jarod Bush. And the want a bees. The packers need sure things. Barmore and Cosmi are sure things. Even a WR and RB. In case Adams and Jones leave. The Cbs just carry that Bust label this year.

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PeteK's picture

February 28, 2021 at 09:39 am

We have some choices on the roster at DT , but none at CB. Bush played adequately and made a crucial INT in the SB, not bad for an undrafted free agent. Buckley was drafted to be the main CB for us , but had a solid career in the NFL.

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stockholder's picture

February 28, 2021 at 10:05 am

We have none. Go look at the 2004 Draft. Same Needs. CB - Carrol and Thomas. then dt. ///Wells turned out to be the best pick. I guarantee Rodgers will be gone after this year if Gute does the same thing.

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jannes bjornson's picture

March 01, 2021 at 01:44 pm

Most Fans have sobered up from the ten year plan and are ready to to place a sell order on the Packertown front office. Make or break year for the brain trust in 2021.

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Guam's picture

February 28, 2021 at 08:15 am

Unless the Packers can find someone in free agency, which looks unlikely given the cap issue, I would add IDL to your "best available" for rounds one and two. Given that DT is one of the weaker categories in this year's draft, a DT in rounds one or two is unlikely, but if one should fall to the Packers, take him because DT is their greatest need.

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stockholder's picture

February 28, 2021 at 11:35 am

The truth is, the Top rated DTs will be gone before #62. So don't bother after 50.

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February 28, 2021 at 01:57 pm

I disagree. They need to get much better up front. Even if they can't work out a top talent, they ought to consider guys that can play better in 25% snap count range on day 3.

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PeteK's picture

February 28, 2021 at 04:41 pm

Absolutely, we have our elite DT , a solid run stopper would be a positive addition. There are many good DTs in the NFL that were drafted in later rounds.

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February 27, 2021 at 11:07 pm

This is a guy where, if he is still on the board at 29 and the Packers pass on him, I'll be pulling out my hair. RT. LT. This guy can play either from day 1. Grab him.

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February 28, 2021 at 01:19 am

He is an interesting player. I have not watched him. Reading some scouting reports, they all say Cosmi has some correctable technique issues. The draft network and Smeltzer mention a lack of power at the point of attack and playing too high due to his 6'7" height. They list him as a fit for a zone blocking scheme. Pauline has him as the 10th best OT and the 64th best player, but that's the worst assessment I've seen of Cosmi. Schmelzer has him as high as OT #2, and most think he is a first rounder, perhaps later in the round. Drafttek has him as the 4th best OT and 24th best overall player.

Nevertheless, these sound like nitpicking to me. Good athleticism, good pass pro, good ability to anchor, good angles and good getting to the second level with long arms and a wrestling background seem to be mentioned in all his scouting reports.

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MarkinMadison's picture

February 28, 2021 at 07:41 am

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4nGE0pFHX94

That is the thing right - the floors seems really high.

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PeteK's picture

February 28, 2021 at 09:18 am

I always feel a wrestling background is an advantage for an OL because they have training in using their hands and manipulating momentum.

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MarkinMadison's picture

February 28, 2021 at 10:46 pm

Totally agree. Kenny Clark was also a wrestler.

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Tundraboy's picture

March 01, 2021 at 11:20 pm

Kenny Clark has a wrestling background and that turned out well.

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February 28, 2021 at 05:31 am

Good post!

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February 28, 2021 at 06:45 am

I used to watch UT play as much as possible but over the past decade, I've drifted away because many UT players seem to have an unwarranted sense of entitlement. UT can get the top players from TX but most of these guys have been coddled their entire career and it shows on the field. Cosmi sounds like an interesting pick. He's got all the measurables. If his RAS hits the mark Gute will be falling all over himself to make the pick. I hope he can also play football.

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February 28, 2021 at 02:17 pm

Every draft pick is for the future. You want day 1/day 2 pick to sign a 2nd contract. That means at least 7 years. It is very doubftul Rodgers will be around that much longer, IMO. Locking down the edge protection for Love is a job that starts as early as this year. Same with providing him guys to catch the ball. I've seen it said that this year's OT group is exceptional. I don't think you go wrong with grabbing an OT early.

It's still way early in what will be an unusual cycle but the draft industrial complex has Cosmi pegged into that group where it is too early at #29 and too late @ #62. If you put any stock into what the draft industrial complex says about such things.

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Tundraboy's picture

February 28, 2021 at 10:25 pm

Let’s get him. By the time I was midway reading this article I’m thinking ,he’s perfect ,just what we need ! But no way he’s a first rounder right? But all the same I feel like I’m now officially over my post season doldrums and a little less angry about last season. Here’s to the draft. Can almost envision this guy at 6ft 7 with perhaps Yosh and what that would look like with Jenkins

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March 01, 2021 at 01:36 am

thanks

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