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2021 NFL mock draft: Indianapolis Colts select Samuel Cosmi

The Colts get some protection for their quarterback of the future... whoever that may be.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: SEP 29 Texas at Kansas State Photo by Scott Winters/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

The 2020 Indianapolis Colts were one of the most promising teams last season. Despite having to settle for Philip Rivers on his literal last leg at quarterback, they built a well-rounded team that ranked in the top 10 in both offense and defense. Their coaching staff was widely praised—so much so that both offensive and defensive coordinators interviewed for head coaching jobs (their offensive coordinator, Nick Sirianni, landed the job in Philadelphia).

So what do you get the team that has everything? Well, for one, a quarterback, but the Colts already took care of that in the offseason. So to help round out the squad, we’ve employed commenter Panzer1943 to act as Colts general manager in our POD Community Mock Draft.

Before we get into the pick, check out our Community Mock Draft tracker for the picks that have gone before them.

With the 21st pick in the 2021 POD Community Mock Draft, the Indianapolis Colts select Texas offensive tackle Samuel Cosmi.

Here’s Panzer1943 with the pick:

The Colts lost a staple left tackle in Anthony Costanzo to retirement. They then signed a one-year rental, Sam Tevi from the Chargers. He is not the long-term answer to this position. The Colts have enjoyed one of the more solid and respected offensive lines in the NFL for a while now. Continuing on with this is paramount for a team that has traded for Carson Wentz and still within its window of competing for a championship.

Cosmi Is a behemoth at 6-foot-7 and 310 pounds. Last year at Texas he allowed only a single QB hit, a lone tackle for loss, and a single sack. He also has versatility because he started 13 games for the Longhorns at right tackle earlier in his college career.

He may not be the day one starter, but he should slide into the starting lineup before long and be the long-term solution at left tackle.

Erik Schlitt’s thoughts:

I like the idea of targeting a left tackle to replace Costanzo, and if adding a pure left tackle with phenomenal athleticism was the goal, then Panzer1943 hit the nail on the head with Cosmi. Personally, Tevon Jenkins (Oklahoma State) is the next best tackle available on my big board, and I probably would’ve grabbed him if given the chance. While Jenkins has primarily played on the right side, I believe he is capable of holding down the left side without an issue and would most likely win the camp battle with Tevi.

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