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NFL Draft Report

 
By Joe Buscaglia
 


LB Audie Cole, NC State


Audie Cole, #42
NC State
6'4", 248 lbs., 22 years old
Monroe, MI
2011: 108 tackles, 12.5 TFL, 5.5 sacks, 4 FF
2010: 86 tackles, 10 TFL, 5 sacks, INT, 2 FF
2009: 73 tackles, 8.5 TFL, 3.5 sacks, FF
2008: 9 tackles


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PROS
- A highly productive, three-year starter in one of the top five football conferences in college football.
- An instinctive player that keeps with the ground game and is able to get in on a lot of tackles.
- Able to shield himself from blocks that completely divert him from making the play. Is known to fight through blocks to get to the ball carrier.
- A hard-worker all the way through.

CONS
- Below average athleticism. A very slow player for the linebacker position.
- Struggles in changing direction. Stiff hips lead to taking him out of the play once a runner cuts it back to the opposite field.
- Will struggle mightily in any type of coverage. Looks uncomfortable in an underneath zone and doesn't have the foot speed to keep up with HBs or TEs consistently.

Special Notes:
- Turns 23 in June.
- Former high school quarterback.

Projection: 4th to 5th round
- While Cole gets the 'overachiever' tag, there are some legitimate concerns about how effective he'll be on the field. I think he's a two-down linebacker, either middle or strongside (experienced doing both) that has to come out in obvious passing situations. But he's a core type of player that you'd love to have on your team for his hard work and potential contributions on special teams.

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