Pro Football Focus’ Anthony Treash posted his latest 2021 mock draft this past Monday and the Chargers were the recipients of a new name at the offensive tackle position when they picked at No. 13.
Treash paired the Bolts with Texas OT Samuel Cosmi, a monolithic 6’7, 309-pound blocker who has done nothing but improve on his game since earning a starting job up front as a redshirt freshman in 2018.
Here’s what Treash had to say about the pick:
“Cosmi was excellent in his first two years starting at tackle for the Longhorns in 2018 and 2019, earning PFF grades of 79.7 and 83.9. This year, he took his play to elite status, earning a 90.5 PFF grade in the process. When projecting offensive linemen from college to the NFL, we at PFF like to isolate their performance to true pass sets (i.e., no play-action, screen, rollout, RPO, quick throw, three-man rush). On those plays, Cosmi was the sixth-highest-graded tackle in the entire FBS this season. He has incredible movement skills for the position and should be able to handle NFL quicks a lot better than most.”
There are plenty of offensive tackle prospects who could be available for the Bolts when they are on the clock later this year. Oregon’s Penei Sewell is likely gone within the first three to five picks but there’s a chance prospects such as Northwestern’s Rashawn Slater, Virginia Tech’s Christian Darrisaw, and Cosmi are all available at No. 13 with the plethora of elite skill positions players and quarterbacks likely to go in the top 10.
Like Treash said above, I’m a big fan of Cosmi’s movement skills, especially at his size. He’s not going to be a liability when sent out to block in space on a screen pass and his overall reach and length will help keep defenders out of holes and running lanes for his running backs. He’s spent the past three seasons blocking for a mobile quarterback in Sam Ehlinger, so you know he’s already adept at working with a dual-threat passer behind.
What do you guys think about this pick for the Chargers? Is it too much of a reach? Who else would you like to see should the Bolts go with tackle in the first? Let us know.