After not being picked in a surprising 2017 NFL Draft for Dylan Cole, he has turned his surprise into motivation.
Just a few days after sitting through the draft without his name being called, Cole signed as an unrestricted free agent with the Houston Texans. To a collective amount of experts; Cole was one of the best ten players available after the draft, a steal in for whoever picked him up.
The star middle linebacker didn’t get an invite to the NFL Combine to showcase his athletic ability. So, instead, Cole took matters into his own hands and showcased at Missouri State’s Pro Day a few days after the Combine.
In his Pro Day Cole sprouted to the top of the charts when he performed collectively better (with his unofficial times) than anyone in the 2017 Draft Class.
Cole “took a little shock,” when he didn’t get invited to the NFL Combine to showcase his talent, but proved he belongs. And to relate to his new shock of going un-drafted, Cole has proved he belongs on the practice field as well.
The senior bested the top bench press at the Combine by five repetitions and the best vertical by an inch and a half. In the six main drills NFL scouts look for, Cole finished with top five numbers in his class in each separate drill.
To compare with the pros; Cole jumped a higher vertical than 2014 Rookie of the Year wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. and a better bench press than five-time Pro Bowl defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh.
Cole was the 9th Ranked LB in the 2017 Draft Class by Pro Football Focus. Pre-draft media around the Springfield area was pretty set that he would get drafted, but didn’t. Yet, as rookie workouts have progressed so has Dylan Cole. In his first few weeks with the Texans Cole earned the first rookie free agent contract.
Cole was the FBS’s leading tackler and was voted as the top linebacker in the nation by athletic directors. Cole’s $27,000 guaranteed is the most by any Texans free agent. I will continue to keep this updated as OTA’s and Training Camp continues.