New WFT offensive lineman Samuel Cosmi has 'no preference' between LT and RT

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Samuel Cosmi has 'no preference' between left or right tackle originally appeared on NBC Sports Washington

Washington Football Team head coach Ron Rivera has preached positional versatility ever since he took over as the boss in Ashburn in January of 2020. Washington's second-round selection of Texas offensive lineman Samuel Cosmi is just the latest example.

During Cosmi's three seasons with the Longhorns, he started 34 games for Texas. About two-thirds of those came at left tackle (21 games), while 13 of them came on the right side of the offensive line.

Cosmi has not yet spoken with his newest coaches about where he will play on Washington's offensive line, but the newest member of the Burgundy and Gold said he has no preference as to which position he plays.

"I feel comfortable at both [tackle positions], both sides of the ball. I played both at Texas," Cosmi said. "I feel just as comfortable at right as I do at left. I really don't have a preference on that."

On paper, it would make sense for Washington to play Cosmi at left tackle rather than right tackle. Rivera's club received solid play at the position last year between Cornelius Lucas and Geron Christian, but neither is the team's long-term solution at the position.

And, with longtime team captain Morgan Moses -- who hasn't missed a game since 2014 -- manning the right tackle spot, left tackle would be the position where Cosmi could get on the field quickest.

While Washington might not know exactly how they'll use Cosmi just yet, the Texas product was a prospect the team was significantly interested in during the pre-draft process.

Cosmi told the local media on Friday that he had three separate Zoom calls with Washington this spring and even had a 1-on-1 with Rivera. Additionally, Cosmi said Rivera was the only head coach he had a 1-on-1 interaction with.

"I had three calls with Coach Rivera and [offensive line] Coach [John] Matsko. I talked to both of them," Cosmi said. "We had three calls together and they were really, really good calls. They were one of the teams that contacted me the most throughout this process."

While Cosmi -- who was projected to be a first-round pick by multiple draft experts -- had to wait a little longer to be drafted than he would have liked, the 6-foot-6 tackle is thrilled to be headed to the nation's capital.

"It's unbelievable. I can't put it into many words besides amazing and my heart is still pumping right now," Cosmi said. "I'm super excited to be with the Washington Football Team and super stoked to get to work."