Mason Cole

Michigan
C

Prospect Info

College
Michigan
Hometown
Class
Tarpon Springs, FL
Senior
Height
Weight
Arms
6' 4"
307 lbs
32 1/8”
Hands
9 5/8”

Prospect Grade

5.56
Chance to Become NFL Starter
How We Grade

2018 Draft Results

Drafted by
Arizona
Cardinals
Round 3 ‧ Pick 33
40 Yard Dash
5.23
Seconds
 
Bench Press
23
Reps
 
Vertical Jump
23.5
INCHES
 
Broad Jump
104.0
INCHES
 
3 Cone Drill
7.77
Seconds
 
20 Yd Shuttle
4.78
Seconds
 
60 Yd Shuttle
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Seconds
 
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Cole was the first true freshman in history to start the season opener on a Michigan offensive line when he lined up at left tackle against Appalachian State in 2014. He started every game that season and all 13 games the next year at the left tackle spot, earning honorable mention All-Big Ten notice in Year 2. When Graham Glasgow left for the NFL, Cole moved inside to center, utilizing his strong anchor and mobility to effectively cut off interior rushers and push the pile in the running game. He played all 13 games at his new spot and garnering second-team all-conference recognition from league coaches and media. Cole moved back to left tackle for 2017, again receiving a second-team All-Big Ten nod after starting all 13 games.
By Lance Zierlein
NFL Analyst
Draft Projection
Rounds 4-5
NFL Comparison
Ryan Jensen
Overview
Consistent center prospect with some position flex and incredible durability dating all the way back to his high school days. Cole relies on athleticism over power and will have to improve his hand usage and balance in order to match up against the talent he will see on the next level. While he has two years of starting experience at tackle, he's too inconsistent in protection to hold up there for very long. Cole could become an early starter, but his ceiling might not be higher than average starter.
Strengths
  • Thick bubble
  • Offers versatility up and down the line with starts at center and tackle
  • Beyond durable
  • Has started every game since his freshman year of high school totaling 104 total starts
  • Good athlete
  • Gets out of his stance and around the corner with good quickness as lead blocker
  • Shows reactive quickness to handle traps and A-gap blitzers
  • Snaps hips into angle blocks to turn defender's pads
  • Active to displace defender's punch and re-assert his own
  • Intelligent and aware in pass pro
  • Feels twists
  • Motor is great
  • Takes what should be a loss and turns it into a push
Weaknesses
  • Lacks broadness of shoulders
  • Needs to be faster with his hands
  • Hand placement is sloppy and falls off the mark
  • Lacks snatch-and-latch hand strength to sustain
  • Play strength and contact balance are inconsistent
  • Could struggle when matched with power across from him
  • Unable to prevent power players from playing through his lateral engagements and eliminating his early advantage
  • Needs to gather weight on second level climbs
  • Overshoots landmarks at times
  • Plays with some lean and lunge in pass pro at times

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GRADE
9.00-10
Once-in-lifetime player
8.00-8.99
Perennial All-Pro
7.50-7.99
Future All-Pro
7.00-7.49
Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.50-6.99
Chance to become Pro Bowl-caliber player
6.00-6.49
Should become instant starter
5.50-5.99
Chance to become NFL starter
5.20-5.49
NFL backup or special teams potential
5.01-5.19
Better-than-average chance to make NFL roster
5.00
50-50 Chance to make NFL roster
4.75-4.99
Should be in an NFL training camp
4.50-4.74
Chance to be in an NFL training camp
NO GRADE
Likely needs time in developmental league