Audie Cole is big: 6 foot 5, 239 pounds.
But, he's got to prove he's also fast.
At the NFL Combine, he'll have to run better than the 4.8 he's been clocked at in the past. Otherwise, he could be a mid-round pick.
Here's my conversation with him.
Q: What do you need to do to improve your draft stock at the NFL Combine?
A: I'm just trying to improve at everything. I want to try and go into the meetings that I'm going to have, and show them that I can play at the next level.
Q: You grew up in Michigan. Are you a Lions fan?
A: Well, I grew up just south of Detroit, when Barry Sanders was playing. So everyone loved them. But I saw a ton of Chicago games; all the north teams. I mean, there's some great teams there, but there are great teams everywhere. I just grew up a fan of football.
Q: Would the Bears be appealing to you?
A: Absolutely. You got a place like that, and you get to learn from some of the best in the league.
Q: What was the highlight of your career at North Carolina State?
A: I don't think there was a single highlight. But our big rival is North Carolina, and I never lost a game to them. I was 5-0. I don't think any team has won five in a row on them, around there.
Q: What do you sell about yourself to NFL coaches and scouts?
A: I think I'm a reliable, instinctive, and I have a knowledge of the game, who can move and do what they ask. I try not to make too many mistakes and just play football.
Q: Do you play special teams?
A: I did not last year. But before that, I was on every special teams.
Q: Who is your agent?
A: Deryk Gilmore