Chargers Draft

LA Chargers draft: 5-year history of the 97th overall pick

BEREA, OHIO - AUGUST 16: Jacob Phillips #50 of the Cleveland Browns works out during training camp on August 16, 2020 at the Cleveland Browns training facility in Berea, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
BEREA, OHIO - AUGUST 16: Jacob Phillips #50 of the Cleveland Browns works out during training camp on August 16, 2020 at the Cleveland Browns training facility in Berea, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
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(Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images) – LA Chargers
(Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images) – LA Chargers

2018: Mason Cole, C, Arizona Cardinals

Another offensive lineman was taken with the 97th overall pick (perhaps a sign to come for the LA Chargers?). Unlike Bobby Evans, though, Mason Cole has gotten plenty of time to play for the Arizona Cardinals.

Cole was the Cardinals’ starting center in his first season. He started all 16 games for the Cardinals although he was not that great. He was better than Evans with his 53.6 overall PFF grade, but his pass-blocking was abysmal as he posted a 41.9 pass-blocking grade.

Cole only started two games the following season even though he was healthy. However, he returned to the offensive line this past season as he started all 14 games that he played in this past season and he was better tha his rookie season.

He still was not great. Cole posted a 54.4 overall grade that was carried by his run-blocking grade as his pass-blocking grade was just 46.1. All 946 snaps he played were at the center position and he allowed 23 total pressures with a staggering eight penalties.

The Cardinals’ starting center position is up for grabs in 2021 and with how Cole played last season he may not get the job.

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