Photo of Audie Cole
Drafted By: Vikings
  • Round 7
  • Pick 3
  • Overall 210

Combine Results

Grade
67.5 ?
  • 4.81 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 15 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 35.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 114.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 6.96 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.29 SEC
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Combine Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

Bucky Brooks' take: Cole is a downhill linebacker adept at controlling the tackle-to-tackle box. Although he is limited athletically, his combination of instincts and awareness makes him a strong backup candidate.

  • 6'4" Height
  • 32 3/4" Arm Length
  • 246LBS. Weight
  • 10" Hands

Overview

Cole is a strong linebacker who has to rely on his power to overtake blockers and make plays on the ball, as he is limited athletically in space. He is best-suited for playing in close and flying to the line of scrimmage from inside the box. He has sixth-round value based on his strength.

Analysis

Strengths

Cole is a strong player who is noticeably explosive when throwing his body into linemen. He can make good tackles when playing in the box and when the play comes to him. He is an obviously competitive player who seems to enjoy taking on linemen and fitting up with them before using his arm strength to shed. He can maul a tight end on the line but has difficulty running with them.

Weaknesses

Cole was a productive tackler for North Carolina State, but most of that production came on plays that went right at him. He has difficulty turning his hips and running in space, and would be a liability in coverage at the next level.
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Grade Title Draft (Round) Description
96-100 Future Hall of Famer Top Pick A once-in-a-generation type prospect who could change how his position is played
85-95 Immediate Starter 1st An impact player with the ability/intangibles to become a Pro Bowl player. Expect to start immediately except in a unique situation (i.e. behind a veteran starter).
70-84 Eventual Starter 2nd-3rd A quality player who will contribute to the team early on and is expected to develop into a starter. A reliable player who brings value to the position.
50-69 Draftable Player 4th-7th A prospect with the ability to make team as a backup/role player. Needs to be a special teams contributor at applicable positions. Players in the high range of this category might have long-term potential.
20-49 Free Agent UDFA A player with solid measurables, intangibles, college achievements, or a developing skill that warrants an opportunity in an NFL camp. In the right situation, he could earn a place on a 53-man roster, but most likely will be a practice squad player or a camp body.

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