Rankings

Player Display Name: 
Dylan Cole

Outside linebacker
School: Missouri State | Conference: D-IAA
HEIGHT/WEIGHT: 6-0.5 / 239 | 40: 4.52 | DRAFT YR:2017

Rankings

Grade
3.14
Projected Round
FA
Bio: 
Four-year starter who earned First Team All-MVFC honors as both a junior and a senior and was named Honorable Mention All-MVFC after his sophomore year. Received First Team FCS All-America honors from AP, STATS, AFCA, Walter Camp, HERO Sports and the FCS Athletic Directors Association in 2016. Finished his senior season with 141 tackles, three forced fumbles and two interceptions. Received an invite to the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.
Pos: 
Athletic pursuit linebacker who makes plays up the field or sideline-to-sideline. Breaks down well, plays with a large degree of quickness and effectively uses his hands to protect himself or play off blocks. Explosive, fires up the field defending the run and wraps up tackling. Fast moving laterally, quickly gets outside the numbers and covers a lot of area on the field. Remains disciplined with assignments, doesn’t bite on play-action passes and gets depth on pass drops.
Neg: 
Easily disrupted by blocks or engulfed at the point of attack. Not a stout tackler. Occasionally caught out of position.
Analysis: 
Cole is a fiery and intense linebacker with the speed and athleticism necessary to run down ball carriers in pursuit. He’s more of a one-gap defender and a prospect who plays with a special-teams mentality.