BIO: All-Conference selection as a senior, leading NMSU in tackles with 179/7.5/2.5. Junior totals included 99/1/8. Moved into the starting lineup as a redshirt freshman.
POSITIVES: Hard-working, two-down defender best in the box. Displays a good head for the ball, scrapes laterally and explosive filling gaps. Sacrifices his body in order to make the tackle. Wraps up at the point of attack. Weaves his way through traffic to the ball carrier.
NEGATIVES: Struggles in coverage and does more chasing or face-guarding than anything else. Lacks top sideline-to-sideline range.
ANALYSIS: A productive collegiate defender with marginal size/speed numbers, Cottrell best fits a 34 defense where his area responsibilities will be kept to a minimum.