Ohio State Senior
PROS: Initiates contact and will show some pop off the snap. Can get position as a blocker. Shows ability to pull, hits assignments, and can get out quickly on the second level. Versatile and played four of the five positions while at Ohio State.
CONS: Has poor footwork and struggles out on the edge because he has slow feet and is stiff. Lacks power and strength to get much push in the running game, and needs to take better angles. Needs to improve his hand use and placement, and is slow into his stance in pass protection. Overextends, has poor balance and loses leverage. Whiffs on too many blocks. Has trouble adjusting in space and can't consistently lock on and get the seal on the linebacker when out on the second level.
OVERVIEW: Cordle has 34 career starts, with 16 of them coming at center, 10 at left guard, 6 at left tackle and 2 at right tackle. He played exclusively tackle as a senior, and hasn't played center since the first month of his junior year. He's a complete mismatch on the outside and will have to move inside to compete at the next level.
NFL FORECAST: Cordle while a better center than either guard or tackle, never showed great ability at that position. But he has room to grow. Teams will like his versatility, and in that way he's a lot like former Buckeye Doug Datish, who also moved around a lot during his career. He's not goign to be able to play tackle on the next level because he really struggled there while at Ohio State. He was best as a center, but he got pushed around there at times as a junior when I saw him play. His best asset is his ability to block on the second level, but he's not great there and needs to get stronger. Like Datish, he might have trouble sticking because he has no natural position. At best, he could be another Alex Stepanovich, who was a limited starter but a capable reserve for a number of years.
ATL FORECAST: Cordle can provide some depth on the Falcons because of his versatility to play all three interior position. But he really doesn't offer anything more than what Ojinnaka or Romberg have. The coaches might like his work ethic, which he showed by playing so many positions, but he doesn't have the upside to impact the Falcons as anything but a reserve. And he's unlikely to push or pass any of the top backups currently on the roster.
VALUE: He wouldn't be a reach as a seventh round pick for a team looking for a versatile swing center/guard. But otherwise, he should go undrafted.
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