When Washington Commanders drafted Texas offensive lineman Sam Cosmi in the second round of the 2021 NFL Draft, everyone wondered if he would be the man to break the terrible streak of picks. team on the second day.
Although the team did not make a second-round pick from 2018 to last year, the final three selected (running back Derrius Guice and outside linebackers Ryan Anderson and Su’a Cravens) all did not. not live up to the capital investment project. who brought them to the NFL.
Alabama defensive tackle Phidarian Mathis is this year’s entry in the second-round pick log to wear burgundy and gold, but if Sports Illustrated’s Connor Orr is right in his comments about Cosmi, then the curse will have been broken before Mathis has to. fully prove his own worth to the team.
“Cosmi allowed four sacks during his rookie season at Washington, though COs seemed to trust him in the running game, calling plays on his outside right shoulder more frequently than all but nine other NFL teams” , Orr wrote of Cosmi while identifying him as the team’s most underrated player. “Cosmi played just nine games last season but seemed to possess the required average streak in the running game and the ability to knock passers out of the pocket. He will have his hands full with quarterback Carson Wentz which tends towards hero ball in the pocket and could extend games beyond a reasonable length.That said, if we have to isolate his numbers on scheduled and one-time returns next year, I guess Cosmi gets away with it. will come out quite well.
As Orr mentions, Cosmi has only played nine games, so it’s a relatively small sample he uses to proclaim that good tackling is perhaps the team’s most underrated asset.
That being said, calling the time we saw Cosmi “solid” would be a good assessment, and certainly lends some validity to the idea that he could step up in the coming year.
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Personally, I would go with tight end John Bates as the most underrated player on the team.
In his own rookie season, Bates played 17 games and started eight for a team struggling with injuries.
His stat line of 20 catches, 249 yards and a receiving touchdown won’t bring you down, but his 80% catch rate was sixth best among all NFL tight ends with 25 or more targets.
Bates’ yards per reception (12.5) ranked eighth in the same demographic.
Of course, if the Washington Commanders are successful, both young men will have breakout seasons on the way to each of their first experiences with NFL football in the playoffs.