San Francisco 49ers: 5 Round 1 prospect targets in 2020 NFL Draft

Paulson Adebo #11 of the Stanford Cardinal (Photo by David Madison/Getty Images)
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Samuel Cosmi, Texas Longhorns
Samuel Cosmi #52 of the Texas Longhorns (Photo by Tim Warner/Getty Images) /

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49ers NFL Draft Target No. 4: OT Samuel Cosmi

If the Niners figure out a way to re-sign their new starting left tackle, Trent Williams, between now and 2021, this particular selection would be a moot point.

But Williams is a pending free agent, and San Francisco agreed not to place the franchise tag on him next season. It’s either a re-sign deal with the Niners or he hits the open market and commands anything in the range of $12 million to $17 million annually.

Just like the case with Dee Ford, it’s going to be awfully difficult for the 49ers to configure enough cap space to fit Williams into their long-term plans.

San Francisco does have depth tackles available, yes. But it’s going to be necessary to find a run-blocking mauler with excellent pass-protection skills ideally fit to Kyle Shanahan’s zone-blocking scheme.

Fortunately, Texas lineman Samuel Cosmi checks off those boxes.

At 6-foot-7 and 300 pounds, Cosmi moves exceptionally well for a player his size. While there’s some rawness to his game, all the tools are in place for the Niners to land a quality blindside blocker for years to come.

That’ll be especially important with right tackle Mike McGlinchey due for an extension in the near future.