The Jacksonville Jaguars didn’t want left tackle Cam Robinson to leave this offseason, so they used the franchise tag to keep him from hitting the open market. Although the team doesn’t have to worry about addressing the position in free agency, they should still consider taking Texas offensive tackle Sam Cosmi in the 2021 NFL Draft.
The Longhorns recently held their Pro Day and Cosmi showed elite physical traits in the event, running a fast 4-8 40-dash and putting up 36 bench-press reps. The fact he performed so well on his Pro Day isn’t particularly news, as he showed superb athleticism throughout his collegiate career in Texas.
Although Cosmi still needs to work on his stance and pass-blocking technique, he has the upside to make the transition from college to the pros and should get drafted late in the first-round or early in the second.
Several mocks had the Jaguars using the 25th overall selection on Cosmi, but now that they have Robinson under contract for at least one more year, they will likely take use the pick to bolster their defensive line or their secondary.
Why should the Jacksonville Jaguars still draft Sam Cosmi?
Although using the 25th overall pick on Cosmi is most likely out of the question now, the Jags should consider taking him in the second round if he’s still available. Due to the abundance of left tackle prospects in this year’s draft, the Texas native could slide to the second round, where Jacksonville could target him with one of their two selections, the 33rd or the 45th overall.
Still, why should the Jags draft Cosmi even though they locked up Robinson? Cosmi could be their main reserve offensive tackle and could step on the field in case Robinson or right tackle Jawaan Taylor had to miss time. Moreover, this Jacksonville team would have insurance in case either Robinson or Taylor underperform.
Although head coach Urban Meyer said the team would like to reach a long-term deal with Robinson, they wouldn’t have to worry about the left tackle position in case he left next year, as Cosmi would be on the roster. This doesn’t mean the Jaguars should target Cosmi in the draft. Rather, they should take him if he’s the best player available when they are on the clock in the second round. After all, left tackle is not their most pressing need but that doesn’t mean they should stop investing in the position.