When Tom Herman arrived at the Forty Acres and made offensive tackle Humble Atascosita Sam Cosmi one of his first additions to the 2017 Texas Longhorns recruiting class after holding a Cosmi engagement with the Houston Cougars, expectations for Cosmi were weak.
Track and field athletics was clear, but Cosmi weighed just 260 pounds and ranked well outside the top 1100 domestic prospects in the 247Sports Composite rankings. TCU and Memphis were his only other reported deals.
As Cosmi prepares for the 2021 NFL Draft after leaving Texas after his junior season in a red shirt, his trajectory was remarkable.
The 6’6, 314-pounder started making the buzz towards the end of his freshman season in a red shirt and quickly secured a starting role in straight tackle during the 2018 season and started 34 of his 35 matches in burnt orange and white, taking over as left tackle in 2019.
In 2018, Cosmi was a freshman All-American. In 2019, he was a first-team selection for PFF’s Big 12 Team of the Year and caught a touchdown pass in a tricks game against West Virginia. In 2020, he was a First Team All-Big 12 winner and a Second Team All-America selection by CBS Sports / 247Sports.
On Texas Pro Day, Cosmi confirmed his incredible athleticism by running a 4.84-40 yard dash and confirmed his strength with 36 reps on the bench press. He’s gained weight the right way and remains skinny, with draft analysts noting that he looks like a tight big butt. It is flexible and moves well in space.
But the draft process hasn’t necessarily been too kind to Cosmi – his pass-protection technique is often seen as inconsistent and he’s not known to create displacement in the running game or regularly unlock opponents. This recognition report is particularly severe in this regard, while this Twitter feed details Cosmi’s strengths and weaknesses.
The lack of ideal development for Cosmi after showing so much promise after arriving on the pitch in Texas has let project projections drop for him, as he will likely fall out of the first round, seen as a potential landing point for him. earlier. in his career. There’s a chance he won’t hear his name called until the third round, but as always in the NFL Draft, all it takes is one organization falling in love with him to make those screenings moot.
In the context of Texas recruiting and development as an offensive lineman over the past decade, however, Cosmi is an undisputed achievement – he would only become the second Longhorns offensive lineman drafted since Tony Hills in 2008 (Connor Williams in 2018 at No.50) and could become the most drafted offensive lineman since Justin Blalock took 39th place in 2007.