Conference: Western Athletic
40 Time: 4.76
Biography: Four-year starter awarded All-Conference honors the past two seasons. Senior totals included 57/9/3 after 68/8.5/5 as a junior.
Positives: Athletic defender who's been moving down draft boards since September. Fluid moving about the field, plays with good knee bend, and strings plays out laterally. Terrific movement skills, gets depth on pass drops, and displays a quick change of direction. Occasionally lined up in a three-point stance, quick off the snap, and fast off the edge. Has a burst of speed and can run ball-carriers down from behind.
Negatives: Slow getting off blocks and all too often easily handled at the point. Lacks top instincts and very slow to react at times.
Analysis: Cole was a prospect NFL scouts had high hopes for coming into the 2009 season, yet at times he looked as though he was just going through the motions as a senior. Marginally productive, he did not elevate his level of play and underachieved. Cole offers potential at defensive end or as a rush linebacker in a 3-4 alignment, but he must quickly get back on track to have any chance of a long career in the NFL.
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