All-Big 12 performer and three-year starter has played both tackle spots Mike Spofford
Packers.com consulted more than a dozen mock drafts from reputable national outlets and compiled a list of players most frequently mocked as draft selections in the bottom third of the first round (picks 20-32).
Between now and draft day, when the Packers are slated to select at No. 29 overall, those players will be profiled with thumbnail sketches in a new series entitled "Draft Digest."
Today's player is ...
Samuel Cosmi, OT, Texas
Height/Weight: 6-6, 314
Key stats: Started 34 games over three seasons, with 13 starts coming at right tackle in 2018 and then 21 at left tackle during the past two seasons.
College honors: Named first-team All-Big 12 in 2020 after earning second-team recognition in 2019.
Background: Cosmi came to Texas weighing just 260 pounds but then added 40 more during a redshirt season before taking over as the Longhorns' starting right tackle. The following year he flipped to the left side and stayed there the rest of his college career, which ended with him opting out toward the end of the 2020 season. In a deep class of offensive tackles, there's no consensus on exactly where Cosmi ranks, or whether he'll be chosen in the first or second round. A strong showing at Texas' pro day - with a 40 time in the 4.8s, impressive for a 300-plus-pounder, and 36 bench reps - could help his first-round aspirations. His experience at either tackle spot also is a benefit to any team that might ask him to play right away. He's considered more an athlete than a technician as a pass blocker, but that's better than the other way around, because technique can be coached. He told reporters he has a "mean streak" and that Green Bay's All-Pro left tackle, David Bakhtiari, is an NFL player he's watched and studied.
Potential fit with Packers: An offensive tackle with experience on both the right and left sides like Cosmi would be attractive to the Packers as they look to navigate both the long-term future at right tackle and potential short-term need to have a replacement ready for Bakhtiari if he's not fully recovered from his ACL injury by the start of the 2021 season. Cosmi's three seasons as a starter at the major college level is also noteworthy in a year a lot of top prospects don't have as many games under their belt. Cosmi is right in the thick of this promising class of offensive tackles, but with the Packers' draft position (No. 29 in the first round, then No. 62 in the second), they may have to decide whether it'll be necessary to spend their first-round pick in order to get one of the top guys, or if some options might still be available in the second round.
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