2012 NFL Draft Profile – MLB Audie Cole



Name – Audie R. Cole.

Born – June 1, 1989 in Monroe, Michigan.

Parents – Elizabeth (Betsy) and William “Audie” Cole. He has an older sister Callie. Dad was one of the greatest schoolboy athletes in Monroe history, playing college baseball at Eastern Michigan University and several years in the minor leagues. He was named one of the inaugural members of the Monroe Sports Hall of Fame. He’s also a member of the Eastern Michigan Hall of Fame and holds several school records there. He was drafted by the Detroit Tigers (1979) and Los Angeles Dodgers (1980). He spent two seasons in the Dodgers minor league chain playing at the rookie league level and Class A. Overall, William Audie Cole played in 134 games, with a .297 batting average 9 home runs and 79 runs batted in.


  • Height – 6-feet, 4 1/8 inches.
  • Weight – 248 pounds.
  • Arm – 32¾ inches.
  • Hand -10 inches.
  • Wingspan – 78½ inches.

NFL Combine

  • 40-yard dash – 4.81 seconds.
  • Bench press – 15 reps at 225 pounds.
  • Vertical jump – 35 inches.
  • Broad jump – 114 inches.
  • 3-cone drill – 6.96 seconds.
  • 20-yard shuttle – 4.29 seconds.


Cole grew up in Monroe, Michigan, a city with 20,730 residents in the far southeast corner of Michigan, approximately 14 miles north of Toledo, Ohio and 25 miles south of Detroit. The area was settled as early as 1784, but became a town in 1817 and it was named after then President James Monroe. During the War of 1812, it was the site of the brutal Battle of Frenchtown. General George Custer grew up in Monroe, as did model Christie Brinkley. In Monroe is the corporate headquarters of Lazy-Boy, the furniture maker.

High School

A member of the Class of 2007, Cole graduated from Monroe High School

He was named a unanimous choice as the Athlete of the Year in 2007 by the Monroe Evening News newspaper. He was named to All-Region teams in three sports – football, basketball and baseball. He also dabbled in boxing and won a Golden Gloves title. Football is his first love. He lettered four years and was the starting quarterback over the last three.

He had the size, quickness and arm strength to be a Division 1 quarterback but turned down those offers and was recruited as a linebacker by North Carolina State.


Cole lettered four years and was the team’s starting quarterback for his last three seasons. He also played safety and linebacker at MHS for head coach Greg Hudkins. Over his career, he threw for 3,285 yards and 35 touchdowns. He ran for 21 rushing touchdowns.

2006 – Cole threw for 751 yards and ran for just less than 1,000 yards in his senior season and ran for 10 touchdowns, as well as playing defense.

2005 – He was All-Region offensive player of the year, breaking the school’s single season passing mark with 1,559 yards and 17 touchdowns. He also ran for nine scores. Cole played half the season with a broken right hand that was not diagnosed and he did not know it himself.

2004 – As a sophomore, he was 50 of 105 for 975 passing yards and 10 TDs. He also ran for 454 yards and scored five times.


He was twice named to the All-Region team, averaging 13 points and 6.7 rebounds per game as a senior


Cole was named the Region Player of the Year as a senior, after going 7-3 with 81 strikeouts and a 1.89 ERA as a starting pitcher and hitting .431 while playing in the outfield.


He ran 11.1 seconds in the 100 meters and 22.9 seconds in the 200 meters. He high-jumped 6-2 and was on a pair of speed relay teams. He participated only part-time in his senior year.


In the winter of his sophomore year, Cole decided to box rather than play basketball and he ended up entering the Golden Gloves championships for the southeast Michigan area. He was 2-1 with two knockouts in his short boxing career, winning the region’s heavyweight championship.


Coming out of Monroe, Rivals scouting service listed him as 6-5, 204 pounds with a time of 4.7 seconds in the 40-yard dash, a 28-inch vertical jump. He was a two-star dual threat QB, rated the 28th best player in Michigan.

The Scout recruiting service listed him at 6-5, 215 pounds. He was considered a two-star QB talent.

He was heavily recruited by North Carolina State, Boston College, Bowling Green, Central Michigan and Cincinnati. He visited Boston College and was interested, but then head coach Tom O’Brien moved from B.C. to North Carolina State. Cole visited the Raleigh campus on Jan 26, 2007 and committed to the Wolfpack two days later. He picked N.C. State over Cincinnati. He made an early verbal commitment before his senior season to Central Michigan and then head coach Brian Kelly (now Notre Dame) but changed his mind.


Cole graduated in December 2011 with a bachelor’s degree in Parks, Recreation and Tourism. He was named to the Atlantic Coast Conference Honor Roll in July 2011. The Honor Roll is comprised of athletes that registered a GPA of 3.0 or better for the full academic year.


Cole played in 51 games with the Wolfpack and finished No. 12 in school history with 328 total tackles, No. 13 in TFL with 32.5 and tied for No. 10 in sacks with 15.

2011 – Moved to middle linebacker in spring practice to replace Nate Irving, a third-round choice of the Broncos in the 2011 NFL Draft. Cole led the team in total tackles on the way to earning honorable mention All-ACC status. He had career high tackle totals of 16 against Cincinnati and Georgia Tech. In the Belk Bowl victory over Louisville he had 10 tackles with two sacks. NC State finished No. 41 in yards allowed per game (354.9) and No. 54 in points per game (24.7).

2010 – Still at SAM-OLB, Cole finished third on team in total tackles with 97 while appearing in 809 snaps on defense. His best game was 13 tackles vs. North Carolina. He played the second half of the season with a broken right thumb that was heavily padded. He didn’t miss a play.

2009 – He led team in total tackles with 85 playing SAM outside linebacker position. His best performance was 13 tackles vs. Virginia Tech.

2008 – Cole saw action on special teams (213 snaps) with 38 plays on defense.

2007 – Redshirt season.

(Statistics are from N.C. State and in some cases differ from NCAA final stats.)











RF Rec










0 8-5*










1 9-4*










0 5-7










0 6-7*


2,379 328







1 28-23

*-Played in Belk Bowl (2011), Champs Sports Bowl (2010) and Papa John’s Bowl (2008).



This features Cole and the N.C. State defense in its bowl game victory over Louisville. This was a very mediocre performance by Cole. On the first play of the tape, he does a great job of second effort down field, coming from 30 yards away to eventually make a tackle. He plays sideline-to-sideline, but generally appears to show up late.


Low volume on tape.

What they said about Audie Cole

“His size, speed and aggressiveness is what I’ll remember. He was so consistent and even-keeled. It was easy to coach him.” Monroe High football coach Greg Hudkins.

“He did everything for us. He’s one of a kind. If he put as much into baseball and basketball as he did into football, he’d be All-State in all three. He was one of the best outfielders in the state. The way he goes and gets the ball; you can’t teach that.” Monroe High baseball coach Bubba Bezeau.

“He was a multiple position player in high school; he had great character, great leadership qualities in high school, and could be a multiple position player for you so that he wouldn’t have to be pigeonholed into one spot. It’s due to him and his work ethic and how he’s worked so hard to become the football player he has. He’s been a great surprise and has been doing a great job for us. Audie has very good instincts, understands angles, and knows defense. He’s not overwhelmed by anything out there. He gets everybody lined up, gets everybody going in the right direction.” N.C. State head coach Tom O’Brien.

“His mental toughness and his approach to football, and the way he understands where everybody fits and what everybody has to do, he’s a leader in his own way. He’s not a real vocal guy. The guy is tough as nails and he just enjoys playing the game.” N.C. State linebackers coach Jon Tenuta.

What Audie Cole said

“I think I’m a reliable, instinctive, and I have knowledge of the game, I can move and do what they ask. I try not to make too many mistakes and just play football.”

“I’ve only played in the 4-3, I don’t really know much about a 3-4. I’m sure I can learn it.”

“There’s no need to worry about things you can’t control. I go with what happens. I don’t get worked up about a lot of things.”


Strengths – Good overall athletic skills in strength, speed and quickness for a young man his size. His quickness can be seen in his reaction to most plays as he’s gets their fast. He’s the type of linebacker that makes a lot of big plays right at the line of scrimmage with collisions. Cole seldom gives up on a play, but too often he’s trailing the ball carrier, especially on plays at the boundary.

Deficient – One negative is his desire to collide rather than wrap up. RBs with the ability to absorb the blow have caused him problems since he doesn’t get them on the ground. There have been times when he played OLB that he was so anxious for contact that he got suckered or overran plays, leaving the defense liable for cutback runs. A liability in pass coverage, he rushes the passer well, but does not have any explosion in his moves.

Analysis – It’s doubtful that Audie Cole will have a Pro Bowl career ahead of him. But there’s no reason he can’t have a long career playing on first down against the run and working the special teams angle. He’s likely to go anywhere between the fourth and sixth rounds, depending on how teams evaluate his fit into their defense. He’s more of a 3-4 inside backer or outside in a 4-3 scheme.

What the scouts said about Audie Cole

NFC scout : “I thought Audie Cole was their (N.C. State) best linebacker last year. Where did Nate Irving go in the third round? Cole is a better player. He’s bigger and more versatile. I think he’ll be best inside.”

AFC scout: “You see him and with that long hair it makes you think Clay Matthews, but he doesn’t have his athletic ability. He’s too stiff in the hips and that makes his changing direction poor and he’s not going to cover anybody. I see a limited impact from him.”

Does he fit with the Chiefs?

Intangibles are the type of things the Chiefs are looking for from a player, his intelligence, his work ethic, and his willingness to put team first. Cole will be on their board, but he doesn’t provide enough of a package on defense to have him on their short list. Linebacker has become a position of strength for the Chiefs and selecting Cole would not improve the talent level.

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