by J.T. Toth
Photo courtesy of Miami Herald.
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Today’s Spotlight - Miami, Guard, Javion Cohen
Name- Javion Cohen
HT/WT- 6’4” 305 lbs.
Home – Phenix City, AL
Cohen played high school football at Central High School in Alabama. He was picked to play in the 2019 Pro Football Hall of Fame World Bowl in Cancun, Mexico. He was rated a four star prospect by Rivals.com and 247Sports, and a top 15 overall player in Alabama. He committed to Alabama during his senior season.
Cohen was named to the 2020 SEC All-Freshman team, and in 2021, he started 14 games at left guard, helping Alabama to finish 6th in the nation in scoring. In 2022, Cohen played in 12 games, starting 10 and was named to the second team All-SEC team.
After the season, Javion Cohen entered the transfer portal and elected to play at Miami in 2023. Cohen started at left guard vs. Miami, OH in the first Hurricanes game of 2023.
Cohen is an explosive athlete who excels at pulling and finding bodies on the second level. He plays well in space and is quick enough to lead running backs on screens. He plays the angles well and understands where to be as he leads blocks down the field. He understands his position and is constantly looking for bull rushes and stunts. Cohen is a hard worker who plays through every whistle. He is a fluid pass blocker who can slide and help when needed. He has tackle experience and could be moved there in a pinch.
Cohen is not as strong as the top guard prospects in the draft, and lacks the power to drive through opponents. He plays better in space and has difficulty with stronger defensive tackles. He gets knocked off balance at times due to his limited arm length, and loses leverage in one-on-ones. His mechanics and technique play out better as a tackle than they do at guard.
Watching film on Javion Cohen, Draft 412 saw some former Steeler and current Ram Kevin Dotson in his game. Dotson is a hard working lineman who plays through the whistle but Cohen, like Dotson, may find himself best suited for a reserve role in the NFL.
Better in space
Cohen’s athleticism and the potential of his versatility should keep him in the first half of the draft. He has some physical traits that may limit him in the pros, but his pass blocking skills will earn him a roster spot.
Draft 412 Draft Projection- Round 3 or Round 4