|Audie Cole Scouting Report
|Audie Cole - North Carolina State (HT: 6-4⅛ - WT: 246)
Positives -- Very good production in last three years for the Wolfpack (267 tackles, 14 sacks, seven forced fumbles)... Is a smart, cerebral player, works hard and shows good instincts... Always makes a good second effort in pursuit, does not give up on plays until the whistle... Has good body control,
rarely plays out of control and knows when to switch gears to close in on a quarterback or ball carrier... Is an above-average pass defender, can cover a lot of ground, keeps feet under him and looks relatively quick in his backpedal, could be an adequate deep-middle defender in a Tampa-2 defense... Toughness one of his greatest attributes, has never had any major injury issues, was a boxer in high school (also played basketball and baseball)... Has never had any off-the-field issues, no character concerns to speak of, talks and plays like a natural leader inherent of the middle linebacker position... Although explosiveness is below average, does show good athleticism in general.
Negatives -- Has just average speed and quickness, is a little lumbering in pursuit, will miss out on plays to the edge because of poor angles... Plays a little high at times, has good height, but needs to play with a lower center of gravity... Will get pushed around too often when getting blocked, needs to improve upper body strength, does not use a lot of leverage when taking on blockers, gets pushed away from too many plays... Overall body and hip flexibility is below average... Needs to do a better job of driving feet when tackling, more of a drag-down tackler... Will likely need to make a transition to SLB in the NFL, a year removed from playing the position in college... Played strictly 4-3 inside linebacker at N.C. State, will have to get past the learning curve if he is to play in a 3-4 at the next level.
At North Carolina State -- (Official School Bio) 2010: Tied for the team lead in tackles with 97, his 10.5 tackles for loss ranked third among Wolfpack players... Played the SAM linebacker spot, he moved to middle linebacker in the spring and will start there in 2011... Led the defesne with 809 snaps from scrimmage... Tied his career-high with 13 stops in the win at North Carolina... That tally included a six-yard sack and he also recovered a fumble in that contest... Led the team in tackles at Central Florida with a dozen, including a sack, two others for loss... Also pulled down his first career interception against the Knights... Named the ACC Defensive Back of the Week by the league and the ACC Player of the Week by Rivals.com for that performance... Tied for the lead in tackles against Cincinnati with seven and with eight stops in the win over Florida State. 2009: NC State's leading tackler in 2009 with 85 stops... Led the team in stops versus Florida State (9) and UNC (10)... Racked up a career-high 13 tackles at Virginia Tech... Finished second on the squad in tackles for loss with eight, he also tallied four sacks... Started all 12 games... Recipient of the team's Al Michaels Award, which is given to the player who "puts team before self." 2008: Saw action mainly on special teams in 2008, his 213 specialty snaps ranked third on the team... In for 30 snaps from scrimmage at Maryland, just 38 for the entire season... Tallied 14 total tackles. 2007: Redshirted. High School: Played quarterback, safety and linebacker at Monroe HS for Coach Greg Hudkins... Rivals.com top-30 player out of Michigan... Threw for 3,285 yards and 23 touchdowns in his career and was named all-league as a senior... Rushed for 10 touchdowns his final season and threw for more than 1,700 yards... Was a three-year starter at quarterback and also played defense as a senior... Lettered in baseball and basketball in addition to football... A parks, recreation and tourism major.