WT: 210 lbs
High School: Heritage (Saginaw, MI)
Accolades: Senior Bowl.
Athleticism: Average athleticism at best. Shows promise with movement drills, but lacks much of the flat line speed and quickness that we would prefer to see at the position. Does have excellent hip movement to control his direction.
Tackling/Hit Power: With a clean shot, Cole can lower the boom. He can be devastating. However, Cole doesn’t often get the opportunity. Because he struggles to position himself to make a play, his tackle numbers are lower than they should be. His pursuit angles could use some serious work. When he positions himself, he shows excellent technique and form.
Coverage Ability: Plays zone coverage well. Shows a good understanding of what is going on the field and takes throws away with his positioning. Keeps his feet choppy while sitting in his zone. Struggles to play man coverage because of his limited athleticism. Generally is much too aggressive to play press coverage.
Ball Skills: There is a serious lack of ball skills from Cole. Very rarely does he position himself to make a play on the football, despite the fact that he plays majorly in pass-happy sets.
Football IQ/Instincts: Generally moves in the correct direction, but struggles to get into position to make the play. Struggles to move around blocks when the play has developed. Easily locked by wide receiver/tight end type blockers. Times his blitzes very well, understands how to move through developing blocking schemes.
Overall: Mississippi State used Cole as a nickel type safety, playing around the line of scrimmage and out of the slot. Cole is an excellent run support safety, and can play well in a cover two scheme. Because of his lack of ball skills, he will be picked on by the better quarterbacks in the league. I think he’s an early day three pick at best.