The first Michigan Wolverines football player came off the board Friday night at the tail end of round number three at the NFL Draft.
Offensive lineman Mason Cole was drafted by the Arizona Cardinals.
Cole will be protecting either veteran Sam Bradford or rookie Josh Rosen, and blocking for one of the top running backs in the NFL, David Johnson. Not a bad landing spot.
It remains to be seen where exactly Cole will line up along the offensive line, his length could have him moving back to center or the Cardinals could give him a shot as a guard.
The Cardinals draft a versatile offensive lineman in Mason Cole with the 97th overall pick pic.twitter.com/yDxq3ARPlQ— Pro Football Focus (@PFF) April 28, 2018
I like Mason Cole at pick 97 to the @AZCardinals— Cole Cubelic (@colecubelic) April 28, 2018
He can flat out play. Super versatile.
Mason Cole (6'4, 307) 51 career starts, 38 games at LT, 13 starts C. Mobile, athletic, good knee bend, and players square in pass protection.— Mike Jurecki (@mikejurecki) April 28, 2018
Taken by AZ in the 3rd round today, Mason Cole became just the 2nd Michigan offensive lineman drafted by the Cardinals since the 1967 inception of common draft.— Mark Dalton (@CardsMarkD) April 28, 2018
The other was Pro Football Hall of Famer Dan Dierdorf (2nd round, 43rd overall in 1971). pic.twitter.com/dwJq9D9DB6
Masonnnnnnnn!!!!!!!!! Let’s Go!— Maurice Hurst Jr (@mohurstjr) April 28, 2018
Congratulations to my fellow Captain @MasonCole52 !— Mike McCray II (@BigPlayMcCray_9) April 28, 2018