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Cole Madison NFL Draft 2018: Scouting Report for Green Bay Packers' Pick

Matt Miller@nfldraftscoutNFL Draft Lead WriterApril 28, 2018

Washington State offensive lineman Cole Madison (61) in the first half during an NCAA college football game against Arizona, Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017, in Tucson, Ariz. (AP Photo/Rick Scuteri)
Rick Scuteri/Associated Press

POSITIVES

—Drives out of his stance with efficiency to get into pass sets.

—Has an above-average quick set that can compensate for length issues (32 ¼" arms).

—Relentless worker who plays through the whistle.

—Athletic player who can move laterally on reach blocks with ease.

—Ability to match speed around the edge is impressive.

                

NEGATIVES

—Strength to anchor is a concern, and power opponents will exploit that.

—Tempo of Washington State's offense did him favors in minimizing his deficiencies.

—Arm length looks short and forces a late punch that won't hold up against NFL defenders.

—Doesn't have the strength to drop his weight and anchor but also plays with poor balance and leverage; he's making it harder on himself than it needs to be.

—Lunges as a last resort, which only accelerates his losing the rep.

             

OVERALL

Cole Madison will excel in an offense that utilizes an outside-zone scheme and lets his athleticism shine. A move to guard may best serve him, but a lack of lower-body strength and power will have to be addressed regardless. His quick set is incredibly efficient and can mask some of the concerns that come from a lack of arm length and ability to anchor against built-up power.

                   

GRADE: 5.80 (Round 4)

PRO COMPARISON: Joe Thuney, New England Patriots

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