by J.T. Toth
Photo courtesy of Texas Tech Athletics.
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Today’s Spotlight - Texas Tech, Outside Linebacker, Myles Cole
Name - Myles Cole
Pos - Outside Linebacker
Team - Texas Tech
HT/WT - 6’6” 280 lbs.
Home - Shreveport, LA
Myles Cole attended Evangel Christian Academy in his hometown of Shreveport, Louisiana. He was a multi-sport athlete who played football, soccer, basketball and track and field. Rivals had Cole rated as a 2-star prospect during his senior season. As a senior, he recorded 48 tackles and 5 sacks. He was named first team All-District during his junior and senior years, and eventually committed to Louisiana-Monroe.
During his 2018 true freshman season, Cole took a redshirt after playing in only 2 games. As a redshirt freshman in 2019, he played in all 12 games for the Warhawks, mostly on special teams, and finished the season with 3 tackles. In 2020, he appeared in 8 games, including 6 starts at defensive end, finishing the season with 10 tackles and 1 sack. He got better as the season went on and started to produce a dependable pass rush over the last couple of games. He played in 12 games, starting 6 in 2021, and tallied 28 tackles, 1.5 tackles for a loss and 0.5 sacks.
After the end of the 2021 season, Cole entered the transfer portal and committed to play football at Texas Tech.He was a key member of the Texas Tech defense front, rotating between the defensive line and outside linebacker room. He appeared in 13 games, making 1 start. He totaled 12 tackles, 2.5 tackles for a loss and a blocked kick in 2022.
Cole started all 12 games for the Red Raiders in 2023 at defensive end. He set career highs in every category and seemed to put it all together in the second half of the season. He collected 32 tackles, 6.5 TFL, and 3.5 sacks.
Myles Cole has the length and size for the edge position in the NFL. He has been a versatile player throughout his collegiate career, playing the edge, interior and outside linebacker over the past 6 seasons. He uses his wingspan to help him shield blockers and keep them on their backfoot when they try to engage with him. He is a hard worker who never quits on a play and will play through the whistle. When pass rushing, he has a quick first step and uses his upper and lower body in unison to get on top of opponents. Since his move to the edge, he has shown the ability to seal the edge and force the play back inside. He showed some success in the middle of the line as well and has the size to be moved around and line up in different spots each snap.
On the downside, Cole is a very raw player who has not spent a lot of time at just one position. He has shown flashes at every position but has not “fully” learned any one of them. He can fire off the line too stiff and upright and loses leverage on the offensive lineman. In college, he has been able to get away with using his length to get the upper hand but will need to work on getting stronger and using his hands more effectively to engage and shed. He is able to generate pressure on the quarterback but seems a step slow to finish the play.
Myles Cole reminded Draft Nation of a player who was drafted last season by the name of Tavius Robinson. Robinson was a 4th round pick out of Ole Miss by the Baltimore Ravens. Though Robinson is a little more polished than Cole is now, they are both versatile talents. Robinson has played between OLB and on the edge this season for the Ravens and has been solid in his rookie season. Cole may be more versatile than Robinson, but he lacks his ceiling.
First step off snap
Upright and stiff
Myles Cole has a lot of versatility that can separate him from other prospects. He is raw and the team who drafts him will need to be patient. He most likely will get drafted in the later rounds and take 2-3 years to be a consistent contributor.
Draft 412 Draft Prediction - 6th or 7th round