Jacksonville Jaguars take Sam Cosmi 21st overall in CBS’ latest mock

Texas Longhorns left tackle Samuel Cosmi #52 Scott Wachter-USA TODAY Sports
Texas Longhorns left tackle Samuel Cosmi #52 Scott Wachter-USA TODAY Sports /

What will the Jacksonville Jaguars do with the 21st overall pick?

The Jacksonville Jaguars will likely use the first overall selection on Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrance, who just announced his decision to enter the 2021 NFL Draft. On the other hand, it’s less uncertain whom they will take with the 21st overall pick, the second first-round pick they got from the Los Angeles Rams when they traded cornerback Jalen Ramsey. CBS Sports projects it will be a left tackle.

Chris Trapasso of CBS Sports projects the ‘Jags’ will draft Texas left tackle Sam Cosmi with the 21st overall in his latest mock draft. He believes this Jacksonville team must make sure Lawrence has optimal protection and believes the 6-foo-7 standout is up to the task.

Trapasso points out Cosmi played with more strength in 2020. That’s something to keep an eye on, as Jordan Reid of The Draft Network believes the left tackle still needs to gain strength and redefine his lower half.

Samuel Cosmi can be an upgrade at left tackle for the Jacksonville Jaguars.

The ‘Jags’ allowed 44 sacks in 2020 and Cam Robinson‘s inconsistent performance at left tackle was part of the problem. The Alabama standout allowed five sacks and 40 total pressures this past season. Moreover, he’s set to become a free agent and it may be the team’s best interest to let him test the open market.

The demand for left tackles, even average ones, in the NFL outweighs the supply. Not many become free agents and those that do, get retail compensation for their services. While Robinson deserves to cash in, the Jaguars may be better off letting another team break the bank for him.

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Cosmi would simultaneously give the Jaguars a boost and a cheaper alternative at the tackle position. The team’s brass could then turn its attention to other areas of the roster that require an upgrade. There are many steps this Jacksonville team will need to take if they want to start winning games again. Upgrading their left tackle position is one of them and should be a priority in the offseason.