2017 NFL Draft

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Trent Cole

Height: 6-2 | Weight: 236 | College: Cincinnati
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Trent is a fine athlete who lacks bulk and size to play as a down lineman at the pro level. He added over fifteen pounds to his frame during the 2004 offseason and the increased strength was evident in his play. Still, he gets engulfed by the bigger offensive tackles when working in-line and is best when being allowed to roam the field or coming off the edge through a clear lane. He can run down plays from the backside and shows good hand usage on the perimeter to gain separation and make the play. He lacks the ideal strength needed to take on and shed working inside and is slow to disengage and make the play at the point of attack.

He is more effective working in space, where Trent has the lateral agility to pursue and shows the burst and ability to change direction and wrap as a tackler. Cole is a decent drag-down tackler with the ability to drop back in the short zone. He is active with his hands in attempts to reroute the tight ends and backs. Trent has the ability to turn and run working down the line. He is soft when engaging the bigger blockers when operating in trash, as he knows his opponent will stonewall him.

As an edge rusher, he has that quick burst off the ball to accelerate and close on the quarterback. He takes good angles in pursuit and shows urgency getting to the ball. However, Cole is going to be a work in progress as a pass defender, as the Bearcats did not use him much in pass coverage. He lacks a good feel for the pass and while he has the hip snap to gain acceleration out of his backpedal, he lacks experience in man coverage. At the line of scrimmage, he does a very good job of timing his leaps to get a fair share of pass deflections.

He is not stout vs. the inside run, as his lack of size sees him get washed out too much. He gets better leverage coming off the corner and shows the lateral agility to string plays out. He does show good explosion coming off the snap and once he gains penetration into the backfield, he can be a disruptive force (48 tackles behind the line of scrimmage). Cole does possess an explosive first step and flashes the ability to disrupt running plays in the backfield. However, he needs to play with better control, as his momentum sometimes takes him too far up field, causing a creating of running lanes.

The best way to get value out of Trent vs. the run is to use him in a one-gap system in which he can be very effective slipping blocks. For now, he is a situational player that is better suited for a 3-4 defense, where he can line up as either an edge rusher or weak-side linebacker.

A few drawbacks I see in a possible move to the linebacking unit is his confirmed AD/HD (attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder), which makes his ability to grasp the mental aspect of playing that position questionable. Also, while his speed is good for a down lineman, he will need to show better acceleration and foot quickness to pursue the ball off the line of scrimmage if he is to shift to linebacker. Considering the lack of quality linebackers in this draft and that several teams are now incorporating the 3-4 defensive alignment, later in the draft this could be a decent value pick.

Injury Report

2003-Bothered by a slight knee sprain in the final three games of the season.

2004-Was tested for Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (confirmed) during spring drills … Left the Ohio State game in the third quarter with a knee sprain, but returned to action in the fourth quarter (9/04).

and was fourth with 12 TFL and third with five sacks. . . second on the team with 18 quarterback hurries and third with eight quarterback hits. . . broke into the starting lineup at defensive end against Temple, making five stops. . . moved to defensive tackle for Tulane game, making eight tackles and blocking an extra point. . . made a season-high 10 tackles at Louisville, including a quarterback sack and a fumble caused and recovered. . . had nine tackles with three TFL in win over UAB. . .made 10 stops with a sack at East Carolina. . . earned first letter.


Criminal Justice major … Son of Trent Cole, Sr., and David and Angela Wilson … Born 10/05/82 in Xenia, Ohio.

High School

4.74 in the 40-yard dash (wind-aided) … 4.86 in the 40-yard dash … 360-pound bench press … 520-pound squat … 300-pound power clean … 35.5-inch vertical jump … 10'2" broad jump …

32 7/8-inch arm length … 9 3/8-inch hands … Right-handed … Wears contacts … 11/27 Wonderlic score.


Attended Xenia (Oh.) High School, playing football for coach Paul Jenne … First-team All-State selection by the Associated Press as a senior … Rushed 184 times for 1,241 yards and 10 touchdowns and named League Defensive Lineman of the Year after recording 121 tackles and eight quarterback sacks in his final year … First-team All-League, All-County and All-District choice in 2000 … Named the Area Player of the Year by the Xenia Daily Gazette … Second-team All-League pick as a junior … Tabbed for the Dayton Daily News all-star team … Played in the Ohio North-South all-star game. ..Lettered three times in football, twice in track and once in basketball.


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