The jury is still out on the Washington football team’s top two picks in the 2021 draft. Obviously. It is still very early.
Aside from a few rookies – like Rashawn Slater, Micah Parsons, and Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah, among a few others – who have exceeded Boy Scout’s wildest expectations so far, most Year 1 players still find their place. in the NFL.
The same can be said for Jamin Davis and Sam Cosmi. As far as Davis is concerned, Jon Bostic’s late-season pec injury gives him a golden opportunity to show the coaching staff what he’s capable of. Or not. Who knows?
Cosmi, on the other hand, was pushed into an all-down role right from the jump. In a vacuum, the second-round pick performed extremely well on the right tackle. If you’ve noticed, the offensive line as a unit, including Cosmi, hasn’t been discussed much in recent weeks. This is normally a good thing.
He is. So why is Cosmi struggling to gain recognition as one of the top performing rookies in the 2021 class? We’ll go through some of his stats in a minute, but the Texan product has been completely banned from NFL.com’s Rookie Ranking List.
The list featuring 25 players, people. 25!
Washington football team OT Sam Cosmi should feel aggrieved by the NFL.com rookie rankings.
We understand, okay. There are MANY rookies in the NFL, and MANY perform at a high level. But sorry, you can’t tell us that there are currently 25 freshmen in better shape than Cosmi.
Out of 247 snaps, Cosmi only conceded two penalties and a sack, according to Pro Football Focus. Those are impressive numbers for a player who was bullied in week 1 by Joey Bosa. In fact, in the past two weeks, Cosmi has only allowed one tap on 86 pass blocking snaps.
Remember, we’re talking about a player who went from left tackle to right tackle this year. It’s impossible to say how complicated this transition is, and Cosmi handled it without a hitch.
The old Longhorn currently has an overall rating of 73.7 of PFF, good for the seventh-highest among all rookies through Week 3. His 85.3 blocking rating is near perfect Despite all of this, Cosmi hasn’t sniffed the NFL.com roster. Not being asked to place in the top five, but not even an honorable mention?
How does someone like Rondale Moore, who has just 16 receptions in four games, register at No.17? How does someone like Zach Wilson, who leads the NFL with eight interceptions, register at No.22? Jets running back Michael Carter topped the list at No. 25. He is currently averaging 3.4 yards per carry.
Do you see what we’re saying? They’re all talented players with high ceilings, but Moore and Carter aren’t even the focal points of their respective offenses! Cosmi plays a role in every offensive snap and has played largely error-free football since Week 1. It’s just further proof that RTs aren’t loved enough.
We don’t need NFL.com’s assessment of Cosmi (or the lack of it) to validate the success he’s had in his first four games. Washington fans are fully aware of the impact he has had on the offensive. However, we just couldn’t just sit back and let this list go unnoticed because Cosmi deserved better. Much better.