Monday, April 30, 2012

Vikings draft NC State LB Audie Cole

The Vikings selected North Carolina State linebacker Audie Cole in the seventh round, the 210th overall pick.

The 6-foot-5, 239-pound Cole can play inside or outside linebacker. Cole led the Wolfpack with 107 tackles last season.  He also registered five and a half sacks to go along with four pass-breakups. For his career, Cole tallied 276 tackles, 14 sacks, eight PBU's and one interception.

Cole was recruited as a quarterback out of high school.  He was a Rivals two-star prospect.

NFL Player Comparison: Stewart Bradley

"Outstanding size and body length. Extremely intelligent — can set the fronts and make all the calls and checks... Rigid movement skills — is late to the perimeter and can be outflanked by speed backs." 

"A big middle linebacker who runs a 4.8, he'll help on special teams and provide backup behind middle linebacker Jasper Brinkley."

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