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Cowboys 2021 draft prospects: Texas OT Sam Cosmi scouting report

Could the Cowboys add another Texas Longhorn OL?

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: OCT 03 TCU at Texas Photo by John Rivera/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The Cowboys are sure to take an offensive lineman, or two, in the 2021 draft. Just when they do it is the big question. The health of Tyron Smith and La’el Collins are factors in that decision, especially for Smith who has been getting banged up regularly for years. Fortunately for Dallas, there is a lot of offensive tackle talent in this draft so that they can decide when to pull the trigger. Let’s take a look at a potential prospect.

Name: Sam Cosmi

School: Texas

Height: 6-6

Weight: 315

Class: RS-Junior

Position: OT

Jersey: #52

Strengths:

Experienced at both left and right tackle, Cosmi projects as a starting left tackle at the next level. He plays with tremendous athleticism at the position in his pass sets, blocking in space, and as a move-blocker. Has the ability to recover given his athleticism and fluidity throughout his frame. Carries his hands well when initiating contact in the running game, and while not playing with elite power, has the ability to open up some holes in the running game. Footwork in his pass sets is clean and creates good depth in his vertical sets. Dominated in the second-level throughout his career at Texas. Hands placement improved in 2020, and like the overall grip strength to latch onto defenders. Knee-bend and hip mobility comes with ease in his athletic frame.

Weaknesses:

Overall functional strength is lacking, and at times gets overpowered at the point of attack. Has a tendency to get lazy with his pad-level and will give up his chest because of it. Taller frame led to some balance issues when over-extended. For an impressive build, arms measured shorter than you’d expect. Could stand to add some mass to his frame to help with overall power. Has a tendency to drop his eye-level and get over his toes when looking to jump onto speed-rushers.

Overall Summary:

In a loaded offensive line class, Sam Cosmi falls through the crack just a bit, but will make a team very happy at the end of round one, or at the top of round two. Given his size, athleticism, and technique, Cosmi is an immediate impact left tackle and his best football is still ahead of him. While he bets projects at LT at the next level, he has experience at RT, and that versatility will make him even more intriguing to teams. The Cowboys will be familiar with Cosmi, given he’s played right down the street during his career. If he can clean up some of his minor technical flaws, and add some more strength to his frame, he has Pro Bowl potential in the NFL. Cosmi would be a perfect fit for the Cowboys if he can somehow make it to 44th overall pick, but it’s likely he goes just inside the top 40.

Round Grade:

2nd (#38 Overall)

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