Texas OT Samuel Cosmi, potential top-10 pick in 2021, opts out to focus on NFL draft

Texas offensive tackle Samuel Cosmi is opting out of the rest of the 2020 season to begin preparation for the NFL draft, a source confirmed to ESPN.

Cosmi, a three-year starter for the Longhorns, is No. 10 on Mel Kiper's Big Board for the 2021 NFL draft. Kiper ranks Cosmi as the No. 2 draft-eligible tackle, behind Oregon's Penei Sewell, who opted out before the season.

Cosmi started for Texas in Friday's 23-20 loss to Iowa State, which dropped the Longhorns to 5-3 on the season and eliminated them from the Big 12 championship race.

The 6-foot-7, 309-pound Cosmi earned second-team All-Big 12 honors in 2019. He has made 34 consecutive starts at left or right tackle for Texas.

Horns 247 first reported Cosmi's decision to opt out.