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Audie Cole | Linebacker

Team: Minnesota Vikings
Age / DOB:  (25) / 6/1/1989
Ht / Wt:  6'5' / 239
College: North Carolina State
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The Vikings have used MLB Audie Cole in their base defense during OTAs.
Cole is competing with Jasper Brinkley for the middle linebacker job. He could also replace Anthony Barr on the strong side in sub-packages, with Barr moving to an on-the-line pass rusher role. Chad Greenway will get the majority of his snaps on the weak side. May 31 - 6:04 PM
Source: ESPN.com

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The Minneapolis Star-Tribune believes the Vikings will select at least one linebacker in the NFL Draft.

Despite having eight linebackers on the roster, Minnesota's only sure starter is SLB Chad Greenway. The middle linebacker position is currently held down by Audie Cole and Jasper Brinkley, while weak-side 'backer Gerald Hodges won't be guaranteed a starting job. New Vikings coach Mike Zimmer's Bengals defenses used thumpers in the middle with "run-and-hit" athletes on the outside.
Apr 19 - 9:14 AM

ESPN.com's Ben Goessling considers Audie Cole the favorite for the Vikings' starting middle linebacker job.

Cole made five starts filling in for Erin Henderson last year, finishing with 45 tackles and a sack. The Vikings cut Henderson, leaving Cole to compete with Jasper Brinkley for snaps. The middle linebacker position is highly productive in Mike Zimmer's 4-3 scheme, so Cole is worth monitoring in IDP leagues if he wins the starting job. Minnesota is also high on 2013 seventh-rounder Michael Mauti and could target a linebacker in the early rounds of the draft.
Source: ESPN.com
Mar 22 - 4:20 PM

Vikings MLB Audie Cole will miss Week 17 with an ankle injury.

A second-year former seventh-round pick out of NC State, Cole showed some glimpses of emerging as Minnesota's middle linebacker of the future, racking up 45 tackles and starting five games. Pro Football Focus graded out Cole as sub-par against the run, but positively in coverage. This will be an IDP situation to monitor during the offseason. It's a high-production position.
Mon, Dec 23, 2013 01:40:00 PM

Audie Cole will remain the Vikings' starting middle linebacker going forward.

Filling in for Erin Henderson (personal) over the last two weeks, Cole has performed extremely well while racking up 22 tackles and one sack. Henderson is now back, but will move to the weak side. Cole is an IDP plug-n-play.
Wed, Dec 4, 2013 12:49:00 PM

Coaches have told Audie Cole that the starting middle linebacker position is open for competition.

Last year's starting middle 'backer Jasper Brinkley signed with the Cardinals in free agency, leaving Cole as the tentative starter. The 2012 seventh-round pick is expected to see competition in the form of an early-round rookie. It's an IDP situation to monitor as the underwhelming Brinkley managed 98 tackles a year ago.
Wed, Apr 17, 2013 11:37:00 AM

Vikings signed seventh-round LB Audie Cole to a four-year contract.

Minnesota's coaching staff became familiar with Cole while coaching him at the Senior Bowl. The former N.C. State star runs well (4.76 forty) for his size at 6'4" and 246 pounds. If he makes the 2012 roster, it will likely be as a special teamer.
Tue, May 22, 2012 02:13:00 PM

Vikings selected N.C. State LB Audie Cole with the No. 210 overall pick in the 2012 NFL draft.

Cole was moved to middle linebacker his senior season at N.C. State, but struggled in the role. He's considered a smart player who has a future on the weak side, but will need to overcome strength and agility limitations. Standing at 6'4/248, he'll compete for reps behind Erin Henderson.
Sat, Apr 28, 2012 05:42:00 PM

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