The Louisville Cardinals return a ton of talent in the 2022 college season, yet their NFL Draft prospects have some interesting traits, according to their scouting reports. Linebacker C.J. Avery headlines the group of potential Cardinals in the 2022 NFL Draft. Here are the full scouting reports from Louisville with eyes toward the draft.
Louisville 2022 NFL Draft Scouting Reports
Avery was a great collegiate linebacker and had his moments worthy of highlight reels throughout his career. Joining him with draft hopes is his former defensive teammate Qwynnterrio Cole. A true run stuffer, Cole also showcased some coverage prowess during his time at Louisville.
C.J. Avery, LB
Positives: Hard-hitting linebacker with average size and speed. Plays heads-up football and shows excellent awareness as well as ability in zone coverage. Gets depth on pass drops, plays off blocks, and gets to the ball handler to make the tackle in space. Heavy hitter who is quick to read and diagnose plays and remains disciplined with assignments. Sells out on the blitz and is forceful up the field.
Negatives: Lacks a closing burst and shows little in the way of pursuit speed. Lack of height results in coverage mismatches.
Analysis: Avery is a hard-working, run-defending linebacker with size limitations. He projects on the inside of a 3-4 alignment but lacks upside potential.
Cole Bentley, C
Positives: Wide-bodied center who is best in a small area. Fires off the snap, quickly gets into blocks, and stays square. Works his hands throughout the action, keeps his head on a swivel, and blocks with good lean. Shows outstanding awareness and works well with linemates.
Negatives: Lumbers around the field. Ineffective blocking in motion. Gets overwhelmed in the middle of the field despite his size.
Analysis: Bentley is a size prospect with short arms as well as marginal upside.
Qwynnterrio Cole, S
Positives: Explosive downhill safety who displayed consistent progress in his game. Keeps the action in front of him, displays a burst to the ball, and effectively times pass defenses. Quick diagnosing the action, fires out to the sidelines, cutting off the corners from ball handlers. Displays lateral range and sells out to make plays. Squares and wraps up tackling.
Negatives: Does not take proper angles to the action and overpursues plays. Often get caught out of position. Must polish his ball skills.
Analysis: Cole is an athletic safety with solid size and a developing game. He comes with an upside and has the skill necessary to make a roster as a third safety.