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North Carolina State - Wolfpack


Audie Cole

Audie Cole - #42 - OLB-ILB

Height: 6-4 1/8
Weight: 246
Speed: 4.81
Arm: 32 3/4
Hand: 10
Wingspan: 78 1/8
Birthdate: 06/01/1989
Hometown: Monroe, MI
Grade: 5.38

PROSPECT MEASURABLES

Event Ht Wt Hand Arm Wing Wonderlic 40 yard BP BJ VJ 20s 60s 3 Cn
03/21/2012 North Carolina State Pro Day 6-4 3/8 248 10 31 3/4 78 3/4 4.80
02/29/2012 Combine 6-4 1/8 246 10 32 3/4 78 1/8 4.79 15 9'6" 35 4.31 6.96
01/23/2012 Senior Bowl 6-4 1/8 248 10 32 1/4 78 1/2
03/15/2011 Junior Pro Day 6-4 1/4 243 9 7/8 32 78 1/4 4.84

 

Notes:

Was a three-year starter at quarterback (also played safety and linebacker) as a prep in Michigan, where he also played basketball and baseball and was a Golden Gloves winner in boxing. Redshirted in 2007. A reserve/special-teams player in ’08, tallied 14 tackles without any for loss or sacks in 13 games. Was the Wolfpack’s leading tackler in ’09, when he started all 12 games at strong-side linebacker and posted 85-8-4 with four pass breakups and a forced fumble. In ’10, registered 97-10 1⁄2-5 with three pass breakups, one interception and three forced fumbles in 13 starts on the strong side. Broke his right thumb/wrist against Florida State and again vs. Clemson. Paced the team in tackles after logging 108-13 1⁄2-5 1⁄2 with four pass breakups and four forced fumbles in 13 starts at middle linebacker in ’11.

Positives:

Outstanding size and body length. Extremely intelligent — can set the fronts and make all the calls and checks. Has some pass-rush skill — fairly quick off the ball, shows some counter moves and can swim past blockers. Has a 35-inch vertical jump. Very solid production. Highly competitive. Tough and will play through pain. Outstanding character and makeup. Alert in coverage. Shows on-field leadership traits. 

Negatives:

Rigid movement skills — is late to the perimeter and can be outflanked by speed backs. Plays too upright with clunky shoulders. Struggles to get skinny and clear his way through clutter. Marginal weight-room strength and explosion. Only bench-pressed 225 pounds 15 times at the Combine, second-lowest among all linebackers, and needs to get stronger. Couldn’t get out of his own way and dip his shoulder in pass-rush drills at the Combine — very mechanical. Average lateral agility and transitional quickness. 

Summary:

Moved inside as a senior to help line up and make calls in a demanding defense but is best suited to play over the tight end, and 2010 tape showing him playing on the strong side best displays his NFL future. Ability to back up at multiple positions enhances his value but is most ideally suited for a backup role.


Audie Cole's Draft Stock

PFW Grade Scale
GradeRound
7.01-9.00Top 10
6.01-7.001
6.001-2
5.61-5.992
5.602-3
5.41-5.593
5.403-4
5.31-5.394
5.304-5
5.21-5.295
5.205-6
5.16-5.196
5.156-7
5.11-5.147
5.107-PFA
4.75-5.09PFA
4.00-4.74FA

*PFW Grade indicates the value PFW assigned to prospects.

*Draft Projection indicates where players are more likely to be drafted and reflects the consensus opinion from the NFL scouting community.


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