Sam Cosmi is the first Longhorn picked in the 2021 NFL Draft

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FILE – Texas offensive lineman Samuel Cosmi (52) prepares to block against Oklahoma during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Dallas, Texas, in this Saturday, Oct. 10, 2020, file photo. The Kansas City Chiefs already have spent the offseason rebuilding an offensive line ravaged by injuries and then dominated by Tampa Bay in the Super Bowl. But there is still work to be done, and the next opportunity to provide some help up front for quarterback Patrick Mahomes is the NFL draft. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth, File)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — During his four years at Texas, Sam Cosmi was a standout offensive lineman for the Longhorns and Friday night, he learned that he will continue his career at the highest level of professional football.

Cosmi was drafted in the 2nd round as the 51st overall pick, by the Washington Football Team.

“I was just excited and I can’t wait. The first thing that crossed my mind was that I get to block against Chase Young. I admire his game so much, and I’m excited to be able to get better going against him,” Cosmi said. “Iron sharpens iron and being able to play against the best is just going to make me even better. I’m looking forward to blocking him in practices and doing that.”

While on the Forty Acres, Cosmi started 34 of his 35 games at Texas. He achieved plenty of accolades in his college career, including being named first team all-Big 12 in 2020, second team all-Big 12 in 2019, honorable mention as Big 12 Offensive Lineman of the year in 2019, and 2020. He also was named second-team a All-American in 2020 by CBS Sports/247 Sports.

As of Friday, April 30th, Cosmi is the only Longhorn to hear his name called in the NFL Draft. There are plenty of other Longhorns hoping to hear their names called over the course of the remainder of the draft.

Cosmi is a native of Humble, Texas, and spent the night watching the draft there surrounded by friends and family.

“It was huge having my family, friends, teammates and coaches here. It was something that it was just so incredible we all got to experience it together,” Cosmi added. “They’ve gotten me here, and they’ve always been part of this journey. Us getting to experience this together is something I always dreamed of.”

He is thrilled to join fellow Longhorn alumni in the NFL.

“I haven’t talked to anyone yet, but there’s Collin (Johnson), Connor (Williams), Calvin (Anderson), and so many more. I’m sure everyone’s been texting me. It’s huge to have their support,” he said. “It’s really important to have people in your corner and be able to talk through this process. That’s something that’s very beneficial for me and a great thing about Texas, and hopefully I can do that for guys in the future.”

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