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Cole Strange

IOL Chattanooga 6-5 307 SR #69


 

GRADE: 85  OVR RANK: 60  POS RANK: (IOL) 5
ARM LENGTH: 33”//HAND SIZE: 10 1/8”//40YD: 5.03 (95%)//10YD: 1.71 (98%)
VJ: 28” (67%)//BJ: 10’00” (100%)//BP: 31 (90%)//SS: 4.50 (95%)//3C: 7.44 (96%)

Projection: Starting Center in a heavier Zone scheme. Think he does have the ability to be scheme diverse but maximizes his value in a heavier ZBS and vertical passing offense. Draft Projection: Early Day 3 ~ GrindingTheMocks.com

Ravens Fit: Showed at the Senior Bowl and in Chattanooga’s FBS matchups that he belongs at the NFL level. His movement skills mean he is a better fit as a Zone Center but he rarely executes Gap blocks and when he does, he shows that he has good play strength. When he’s reach blocking he will get movement off the point of attack and could be a good projection to a heavier Gap scheme. His pass pro is good and will translate, he could compete for the starting C spot but would need time to translate his game to the Ravens running scheme.

Overall Fit 3/5

Pass Protection

Explosive athlete for the position who fires out of his stance with very good initial set quickness. He has quick feet in 45 and vertical sets and gets to his landmark efficiently. He has a solid, wide base and moves smoothly when mirroring the defender. In 45 and vertical sets, he has good inside hand placement and latch strength on both two handed-strikes and when working with independent hands. He maintains good leverage throughout the rep, sinks his hips with good knee bend. His center of gravity is always below his opponent’s in a use-able way. When jump-setting, he can be over-eager and over-balance. He also doesn’t have as good initial hand placement and latch strength in jump sets. With both deficiencies he’s able to creatively recover and compete – if he’s over-balanced he will run his mass into the defender hard to keep him off track and then has the body control to reset himself, and to overcome the grip strength challenge, he’s able to be crafty with his hands and change positioning mid-rep to a place where he can get a better grip.

He could be quicker to identify stunts and pressure packages but this could also be about working with a lower-level OL. He is able to open up in each direction with good hip mobility to respond to counters or threats from the second level or loopers. His anchor is good – he will compete against those with very good play strength and bull rush move. He will normally give very little ground when challenged with straight power or speed to power. When facing better competition he will give some ground but reset his feet, re-work his hands and show excellent hip strength to re-anchor. The very best can go again and walk him back further but he’ll still compete.

Run Blocking

He is very good as a Zone/Space blocker. As a reach blocker he positions well and has good strike zone recognition – keeping his hands inside the frame of the defender. He’s then able to use his hip mobility to wall off the defender from the runner by turning around his outside shoulder or using his hip explosion to get movement off the ball while running his feet on contact to finish. In Space, he has excellent range and maintains balance and body control when he gets to the impact point.

He will fit and finish at the second level regularly. As a Gap blocker, he can work well as the Drive man and climb to the second level to fit and finish as usual, and he’s good as a puller, once again coming under control to fit the block on impact. He has good upper body strength to finish on Down blocks and can lever defenders off the point of attack as a Drive blocker.

SUMMARY
Elite movement skills, very good position, fit and finisher on Zone blocks. Good anchor and hand usage in pass protection. Good balance, hip mobility and recovery.

PRODUCTION
N/A OL
4 Year Starter at LG, also played LT & C
INJURY: None

RAVENS FIT
Toughness 4
Intelligence 3
Versatility 4
Grit 4
Scheme 3

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