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Second-round tackle options for the LA Chargers: 1. Samuel Cosmi, OT, Texas
There is a very good chance that Cosmi is not available when the LA Chargers pick at 47 but if he is available, they should take a look at him regardless of who they take in the first round.
Cosmi is one of the most intriguing linemen prospects in this class and no one can seem to agree on where he should go in the draft. Most websites like PFF, Pro Football Network, and The Draft Network have him ranked between 25-40 on their draft boards and others have him higher or lower than that range. It’s really all over the place.
He is athletically gifted. He measured in at 6’6” on his pro day while weighing in at 314 lbs. He dominated the 40-yard dash (4.87) and displayed good 10 (1.68) and 20-yard splits (2.67). He did 36 reps on the bench and was outstanding in the other drills.
He might be considered the most athletic tackle in this class outside of Penei Sewell. Cosmi’s Relative Athletic Score was incredible, ranking second out of 1100 offensive tackles since 1987, showing how good of an athlete that he is.
He also has plenty of experience at both tackle positions during his time at Texas. He started 21 games at left tackle and 14 at right. The athleticism and versatility are there but there are still some concerns with his game.
Samuel Cosmi is a OT prospect in the 2021 draft class. He scored a 9.99 RAS out of a possible 10.00. This ranked 2 out of 1134 OT from 1987 to 2021. https://t.co/KIeGKJDQQm #RAS via @Mathbomb pic.twitter.com/RkYELl5qRu
— Kent Lee Platte (@MathBomb) April 5, 2021
On tape, he does struggle with his technique which is the main reason he is ranked as low as he is. He tends to play with wide arms, leaving his chest open to defenders. Cosmi also plays high in pass protection at times which gives up strength in his legs.
Overall, he is still a work in progress as he needs to improve his lower body technique and strength which will help him take that next step in his development.
With Cosmi, you’re hoping that you can coach up his technique as he already has the size and athleticism that teams desire in a left tackle. It will take some time to round out his game but I would not be surprised if he ended up being one of the top tackles from this year’s class down the road. As mentioned earlier, he very well could be a first or early second-round selection, so a trade-up might need to happen for the Chargers to be able to get him.
Many Chargers fans are hoping the team finally decides to address the offensive line in the first round but the team could decide to go in another direction. While I am on board the tackle or bust train at 13, there are some quality tackles in the second and third round that could end up being solid starters in the NFL.