LB Audie Cole: Scouting Report

Round 7: Pick 210

Audie Cole
College: NC State
Position: Linebacker

Scouting Report

Dane Brugler

A three-year starter, Audie (Awe-dee) Cole was a two-star QB/LB recruit out of HS, choosing NC State after originally committing to Central Michigan. After redshirting in 2007, he saw action on special teams in 2008 as a RS freshman (13 gp/0 st), recording 9 tkls. Cole became a starter at SLB in 2009 as a sophomore (12 gp/12 st), finishing with 73 tkls, 8.5 tfl, 3.5 sacks, 1 pbu and 1 FF. He started every game in 2010 as a junior (13 gp/13 st), recording 86 tkls, 10.0 tfl, 5.0 sacks, 3 pbu, 2 FF, 1 FR and 1 INT. Cole moved to MLB in 2011 as a senior (13 gp/13 st), finishing with a team-best 108 tkls, 13.5 tfl, 5.5 sacks, 4 pbu, 4 FF and 1 FR, earning All-ACC Honorable Mention honors.

STRENGTHS: Cole has a large, filled-out frame with good natural bulk and length – 32¾” arms and 10” hands. He is a coordinated athlete with effective straight-line downhill speed, also getting good depth in his drops. Cole shows some body flexibility with the footwork to redirect his momentum quickly. He is very instinctive with good field awareness, using and trusting his eyes – sharp football IQ with noticeable intelligence on and off the field. Cole is a physically and technically sound tackler with some natural rush technique – fierce blitzer off the edge. He has a versatile skill-set to fit in a variety of defensive formations – not scheme specific. Cole was a productive starter, leading the team in tackles in 2011 – finished his career with 32.0 tfl, 14.0 sacks and 7 FF.

WEAKNESSES: Cole needs to do a better job of getting stronger, lacking the natural power his size suggests. He lacks great lateral range, lacking explosive traits – plays tight hipped with only average range. Cole needs to be more aggressive and decisive with his angles to the play, playing hesitant at times. He needs to do a better job finishing in space, hitting too high and losing leverage. Cole struggles to shed and needs to do a better job keeping himself clean, losing leverage because of his height – gets hung up in traffic too much. He needs to improve his timing in coverage and show better body positioning.

OVERALL: Cole committed to CMU during his senior year in HS, but reopened his recruiting after Brian Kelly left for Cincinnati a month later and wound up at NC State – switched from QB to LB soon after enrolling. He has the instincts to make accurate reads and physical nature to attack the ballcarrier, but he doesn’t always complete the tackle – not as strong as he looks. Cole is balanced with good natural size and play speed, but he has limited overall range and explosiveness – very average skill-set with borderline NFL starting potential, but offers versatility to contribute at either SLB or MLB in a 4-3 or 3-4 scheme.


Josh Norris

Moved from SLB to ILB in ’11. Lacks sideline to sideline spd and instincts, not a lateral player. Best work between tackles vs run, forces plays inside if he can’t make play. Good form taking on blocks, leads with shoulder, could use hands more. Consistently unable to get outside or to short passes, marginal lateral quicks. Vs outside plays, hesitates on initial step/read. + fills lanes inside, unable to breakdown in backfield. Whiffs on some tackles in space. Attempts to disrupt downfield TEs, limited trailing speed. Fair hip turn, lacks fluidity. + pass rusher, SLB or ILB?



Very good value pick here in the 7th round for the Vikings. Seen many who had Cole as a 4th rounder. Cole will bring some versatility at all 3 linebacker spots and will provide Jasper Brinkley some well needed competition. Has limitations athletically but a smart player who is solid vs. the run. Wouldn’t count him out against Brinkley at MLB but more than likely is a quality backup.

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2 Responses to “LB Audie Cole: Scouting Report”

  1. Vikadan11 says:

    While he has some things to work on he sure looks the part ~ Give him a year in the Vikings weight room and he could become something special ~ Here are some highlight videos links ~…Qfk8&feature=related

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