Cole is a strong linebacker who has to rely on his power to overtake blockers and make plays on the ball, as he is limited athletically in space. He is best-suited for playing in close and flying to the line of scrimmage from inside the box. He has sixth-round value based on his strength.
Cole is a strong player who is noticeably explosive when throwing his body into linemen. He can make good tackles when playing in the box and when the play comes to him. He is an obviously competitive player who seems to enjoy taking on linemen and fitting up with them before using his arm strength to shed. He can maul a tight end on the line but has difficulty running with them.
Cole was a productive tackler for North Carolina State, but most of that production came on plays that went right at him. He has difficulty turning his hips and running in space, and would be a liability in coverage at the next level.
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