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Mason Cole (born March 28, 1996) is an American football center for the Arizona Cardinals of the National Football League (NFL). He played college football at Michigan.

Mason Cole
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Cole at Luke Air Force Base in 2018
No. 52 – Arizona Cardinals
Position:Center
Personal information
Born: (1996-03-28) March 28, 1996 (age 23)
Chicago, Illinois
Height:6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight:307 lb (139 kg)
Career information
High school:East Lake
(Tarpon Springs, Florida)
College:Michigan
NFL Draft:2018 / Round: 3 / Pick: 97
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of 2018
Games played:16
Games started:16
Player stats at NFL.com

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Early yearsEdit

Cole grew up in Tarpon Springs, Florida, and attended East Lake High School.[1][2] He was a four-year starter for the East Lake football team and was a participant in the 2014 U.S. Army All-American Bowl. He was also a first-team all-state player in Florida during the 2013 season.[1] Cole's high school coach, Bob Hudson, said of him: "He's that guy, as a coach, that you want a whole team of. He does what he's supposed to do. He stays out of trouble. He's not late to meetings. He's not lazy. He's always moving. He's coachable. He can take criticism. He doesn't need praise every play. He's what you dream of as a coach."[3]

College careerEdit

Cole had scholarship offers from numerous universities, including Alabama, Florida, Florida State and Ohio State. In February 2013, he announced his verbal commitment to the University of Michigan.[4][5]

Cole enrolled early at Michigan in January 2014 at age 17. He was impressive in spring practice and in fall practice, leading to speculation that he might start as a true freshman.[6][7][8] Running back Justice Hayes said: "Mason is a phenomenal player, he is a freshman but he doesn't play like it at all. He plays like he's been there for a couple years."[9]

On August 30, 2014, at age 18, Cole became the first Michigan offensive lineman to start in the season opener of his true freshman season,[10] and the first to start at left tackle as a true freshman. Since true freshmen became eligible in 1972, only five have started any games on Michigan's offensive line: Bubba Paris (one game in 1978), Tom Dixon (one game in 1980), Dean Dingman (three games in 1987), Justin Boren (one game in 2006) and Kyle Bosch (three games in 2013).[8] In the 2014 season opener, Michigan backs set a Michigan single-game record with 9.7 yards per carry (350 yards on 36 carries), and the offensive line was credited with the outburst.[11]

Following the 2016 season, Cole was named to the All-Big Ten offensive second-team, by both the coaches and media.[12] Following the 2017 season, Cole was again named to the All-Big Ten offensive second-team, by both the coaches and media.[13]

Professional careerEdit

On December 18, 2017, it was announced that Cole accepted his invitation to the Senior Bowl.[14] On January 27, 2018, Cole played in the 2018 Reese's Senior Bowl as part of Denver Broncos' head coach Vance Joseph's North team that lost 45-16 to Houston Texans' head coach Bill O'Brien's South team. Cole attended the NFL Scouting Combine and performed all of the combine drills.

External video
  Mason Cole's NFL Combine Workout
  Mason Cole's 40-yard dash

On March 23, 2018, Cole participated at Michigan's pro day and performed the vertical jump (27.5"), short shuttle (4.72s), and positional drills. At the conclusion of the pre-draft process, Cole was projected to be a fourth round pick by NFL draft experts and scouts. He was ranked as the fifth best center prospect in the draft by DraftScout.com and Scouts Inc.[15][16]

Pre-draft measurables
Ht Wt Arm length Hand size 40-yard dash 10-yd split 20-yd split 20-ss 3-cone Vert jump Broad BP
6 ft 4 18 in
(1.93 m)
307 lb
(139 kg)
32 18 in
(0.82 m)
9 58 in
(0.24 m)
5.15 s 1.78 s 3.00 s 4.78 s 7.77 s 23 12 in
(0.60 m)
8 ft 8 in
(2.64 m)
23 reps
All values from NFL Draft[17][18]

The Arizona Cardinals selected Cole in the third round (97th overall) of the 2018 NFL Draft. Cole was the fourth center drafted in 2018.[19][20]

External video
  Cardinals draft Mason Cole 97th overall

On May 31, 2018, the Arizona Cardinals signed Cole to a four-year, $3.32 million contract that includes a signing bonus of $761,516.[21]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Mason Cole". MGoBlue.com. CBS Interactive. Retrieved August 31, 2014.
  2. ^ Bob Putnam (November 21, 2012). "East Lake LT Mason Cole's one part teddy bear, one part beast". Tampa Bay Times.
  3. ^ Nick Baumgardner (August 27, 2014). "A player 'you dream of as a coach,' Mason Cole set to make history at Michigan". Mlive.com.
  4. ^ Bob Putnam (February 25, 2013). "East Lake's Mason Cole picks Michigan". Tampa Bay Times.
  5. ^ "New Michigan OL recruit Mason Cole is 'one terrific leader'". Detroit Free Press. February 26, 2013.
  6. ^ "Michigan true freshman Mason Cole impressing in fall practice". The Michigan Journal. August 14, 2014.
  7. ^ "Michigan freshman tackle Mason Cole, 18, playing like a veteran". The Detroit News. August 26, 2014.
  8. ^ a b "Mason Cole continues to impress, could be Michigan's first true frosh starting LT in modern era". Mlive.com. August 15, 2014.
  9. ^ Mark Snyder (August 21, 2014). "Michigan freshman Mason Cole is standing out at left tackle". Detroit Free Press.
  10. ^ Brendan Quinn (August 30, 2014). "Devin Gardner passes Tom Brady on Michigan TD list; Mason Cole becomes first freshman OL starter in opener". Mlive.com.
  11. ^ Mark Snyder (August 31, 2014). "Michigan's offensive line keys offensive outburst vs. Appalachian State". Detroit Free Press.
  12. ^ "2016 Big Ten Individual Award Winners" (PDF). www.grfx.cstv.com. Big Ten Conference. November 30, 2016. Retrieved December 1, 2016.
  13. ^ "Seven Wolverines Pick Up All-Conference Accolades on Offense". MGoBlue.com. CBS Interactive. November 29, 2017. Retrieved November 29, 2017.
  14. ^ "Michigan OL Mason Cole accepted invite to Senior Bowl". mlive.com. December 18, 2017. Retrieved August 18, 2018.
  15. ^ "Mason Cole, DS #4 C, Michigan". DraftScout.com. Retrieved August 18, 2018.
  16. ^ "NFL Mason Cole -ESPN". ESPN.com. Retrieved August 18, 2018.
  17. ^ "NFL Draft Prospect Profile - Mason Cole". nfl.com. March 1, 2018. Retrieved March 1, 2018.
  18. ^ "Michigan C Mason Cole : 2018 NFL Draft Scout Player Profile". NFLDraftScout.com. Retrieved May 12, 2018.
  19. ^ Baumgardner, Nick (April 27, 2018). "Michigan's Mason Cole drafted by Arizona Cardinals at end of Round 3". Detroit Free Press. Retrieved April 27, 2018.
  20. ^ Odegard, Kyle (April 27, 2018). "Mason Cole Is Cardinals' Third-Round Pick". AZCardinals.com. Retrieved May 9, 2018.
  21. ^ "Spotrac.com: Mason Cole contract". Spotrac.com. Retrieved August 18, 2018.

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