Goodbye, Mason Cole

Goodbye, Mason Cole


February 19, 2018

Mason Cole

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HIGH SCHOOL

Cole attended Tarpon Springs (FL) East Lake and was a part of the 2014 class. Originally, it looked like he would bring teammate George Campbell with him in the 2015 class, but Campbell eventually decommitted in favor of Florida State. You can check out the scouting report I put together on Cole prior to his commitment (LINK). I gave him an 87 as a Final TTB Rating (LINK).

COLLEGE

There’s really not much to be said here. Cole started every game at left tackle for his first two years on campus (2014, 2015), and then he moved to center for 2016, when he started every game at center in the wake of Graham Glasgow’s departure. With Patrick Kugler available to play center in 2017, Cole moved back to left tackle and started every game there this past season. Overall, he started 51 games out of 51 possible games throughout his career, with 38 starts at left tackle and 13 at center.

CAREER STATS

N/A

AWARDS

Second Team All-Big Ten (2016, 2017)

SUMMARY

At the risk of being chastised for tooting my own horn, the scouting report linked above was pretty spot-on. I said that Cole had the agility to play left tackle, but he could play tackle, guard, or even center. While he never played guard in college, he spent most of his career at left tackle. He measured in at the Senior Bowl with short arms for a tackle, and his lack of length and bulk gave him some issues with being an effective drive blocker at Michigan. He could latch on to a guy and move his feet, but he couldn’t collapse down a whole side of the defensive line. During his one year at center in 2016, he didn’t have a lot of busted assignments but struggled to get a ton of movement. He was a solid offensive lineman, but it’s not a fluke that he topped out at 2nd team all-conference.

I WILL REMEMBER HIM FOR . . . 

. . . doing whatever the team needed from him, and doing it well. You need a starter at left tackle during my true freshman year? Done. You need me to move from tackle all the way to center? Done. You’ve got a center you trust and a void at left tackle? I’m on it.

PROJECTION

The NFL is looking at Cole as an interior lineman, most likely a center. The aforementioned short arms will preclude him from playing tackle, and he’s probably not an ideal drive blocker to play the guard position. When NFL coaches had a chance to slot him in somewhere, they made him play center at the Senior Bowl, even though he hadn’t played the position in a game since 2016. Centers aren’t viewed as being extremely valuable in the NFL Draft, so I think we will probably see Cole drafted somewhere around the 4th round.

3 comments

  1. DonAZ
    Comments: 395
    Joined: 8/12/2015
    DonAZ
    Feb 19, 2018 at 9:23 AM

    >> Centers aren’t viewed as being extremely valuable in the NFL Draft

    I’m a little surprised by that. I get they’re not as valuable as LT. I have heard a good center is valuable in college because the center does the line blocking calls, and it takes a good football mind to do that. Does that role change in the NFL?

  2. Comments: 569
    Joined: 9/13/2015
    michymich
    Feb 19, 2018 at 3:47 PM

    Let me summarize the key points for next year.

    1. Coach up the OL. Discipline, assignments.
    2. Get a starting BT qb.

    Everything else will work out. This is the amusing part of UM football. It’s not like the Hoke era where it’s a mess everywhere. UM Is close. Let me make this point. Let’s take Rudock and Newsome and put them on the team last year. Keep everything the same (wr’s and OL).

    How is the team? That would be a team that more than likely make the BT championship game.

    Take last year. Take Walton off the team, how does UM basketball do? Not very well. Is a pg the equivalent of a qb on the floor? I think so. Look at UM this year, Ali Rahkman is big time and the team does well. Take him off the team and UM has another 4-5 losses.

    The struggles of UM football over the past decade plus have essentially come down to qb play. You get the OL straightened out with competent qb play and UM will rise again.

  3. 17years
    Comments: 57
    Joined: 2/6/2018
    17years
    Feb 19, 2018 at 8:24 PM

    I’m glad it’s not just me that had some issue with Mason Cole. I have always been very reserved in saying anything about it because so many Michigan fans like him a lot. I do hope he makes it as center in the NFL.

    I’m seeing issue with Joe Milton too. I just hope he doesn’t turn out to be a wasted scholarship. Hard to shake the idea he will be though.

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