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Riley Cole

LB

South Alabama

Height

6'3"

Weight

240

Vertical
Hand
Arm
Wingspan
32 1/2"
9 3/4"
30 1/8"
75 1/8"
40-Time
Vertical
Broad Jump
3-Cone
4.73
32 1/2"
10'
7.46
10-Time
20-Time
20-Shuttle
60-Shuttle
4.38

6.43

Final Grade

Injury History

Games Evaluated

Team Fit

NO

CHI

SEA

Strengths 

The first thing that stands out about Cole is his size, standing at 6'3. One of the strengths of Cole's game is his ability to fly to the ball. He has solid downhill speed and a good motor. If a ball pops loose, expect Cole to be one of the first to dive at it, not only because of his high motor, but also because of his ability to always be around the ball.

Weaknessess

While Cole has decent speed for his size, he's not really fast enough to excel at the next level. He also looks a little lean for an inside linebacker, and could stand to put on 10-15 lbs. He sort of feels like a tweener: at his size, he should be faster and at his speed, he should be bigger.

Big Picture

Cole will likely make a team but as a seventh round pick or UFA. Don't expect him to ever be a consistent NFL starter. At best, he'll be a productive special teamer and depth player on a team who doesn't really need linebacking help. He might even be stuck on a practice squad for a couple of years, at least until he can put on some weight. One thing Cole has going for him is the fact that he did see a huge uptick in production in his final year at South Alabama, recording 96 tackles (up from 59 his previous year).

Player Comp

Mark Herzlich

Draft Projection

Athleticism:

6.46

7.25

Lateral Agility
Explosiveness
Playing Speed
Play Strength
Closing Quickness
6.5
6.4
6.4
6.5
6.5

6.25

Pass Rush Ability:

7.25

7.25

Big Play Ability

First-Step Quickness
Rush with Leverage
Pass Rush Moves
Timing
6.3
6.4
6
6.3

Coverage:

6.38

7.25

Fluidity
Route Recognition
Man Coverage
Zone Coverage
6.4
6.4
6.4
6.3

Against The Run:

6.44

7.25

Play with Leverage
Stack and Shed
Range
Pursuit Angles
Tackling
6.3
6.4
6.3
6.5
6.7

Competitiveness:

6.77

Toughness
Leadership
Consistency/Motor
6.7
6.6
7

Intelligence:

6.57

7.25

Processing Skills:
Play Recognition
Position Versatility
6.6
6.6
6.5