Brian Cole II

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Brian Cole II
No. 41 – Winnipeg Blue Bombers
Personal information
Born: (1997-04-03) April 3, 1997 (age 25)
Saginaw, Michigan
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:213 lb (97 kg)
Career information
High school:Heritage
(Saginaw, Michigan)
College:Mississippi State
NFL Draft:2020 / Round: 7 / Pick: 249
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status:Active
CFL status:American
Career NFL statistics
Player stats at ·

Brian Keith Cole II (born April 3, 1997) is a gridiron football linebacker for the Winnipeg Blue Bombers of the Canadian Football League (CFL). He played college football at Mississippi State.

College career[edit]

Cole grew up in Saginaw, Michigan and played three games at Michigan as a wide receiver and on special teams. He was released from the team in January 2016.[1] Cole transferred to East Mississippi Community College and switched to defense, compiling 54 tackles, with 3 forced fumbles, 3 blocked kicks, a sack, and a fumble returned for a touchdown. He came to Mississippi State and sat out a season as an academic redshirt. During his junior season, he played five games before a torn pectoral muscle ended his season after five games As a senior in 2019, Cole tallied 67 tackles, 7.5 tackles for loss, 2 sacks, 2 pass breakups, and one interception.[2]

Professional career[edit]

Pre-draft measurables
Height Weight Arm length Hand span 40-yard dash
6 ft 1+34 in
(1.87 m)
213 lb
(97 kg)
31+38 in
(0.80 m)
10 in
(0.25 m)
4.52 s
All values from NFL Combine[3]

Minnesota Vikings[edit]

Cole was selected by the Minnesota Vikings in the seventh round with the 249th pick of the 2020 NFL Draft.[4] He was placed on the reserve/COVID-19 list by the Vikings on July 27, 2020,[5] and activated from the list on eight days later.[6] He was waived on August 26, 2020.[7]

Miami Dolphins[edit]

On September 7, 2020, Cole was signed to the Miami Dolphins' practice squad.[8] He signed a reserve/future contract with the Dolphins on January 5, 2021.[9] He was waived on July 16, 2021.[10]

Carolina Panthers[edit]

On August 5, 2021, Cole was signed by the Carolina Panthers.[11] He was waived on August 27, 2021.

Saskatchewan Roughriders[edit]

Cole was signed by the Saskatchewan Roughriders on February 2, 2022, but was released with the final training camp cuts on June 5, 2022.[12]

Edmonton Elks[edit]

Cole was added to the practice roster of the Edmonton Elks on June 28, 2022.[13] However, he was released from the practice roster on July 10, 2022.[12]

Winnipeg Blue Bombers[edit]

On July 13, 2022, Cole signed a practice roster agreement with the Winnipeg Blue Bombers.[12]


  1. ^ Sammon, Will (April 19, 2018). "Once Michigan's top prospect, Brian Cole seizing a different role at Mississippi State". The Clarion-Ledger. Retrieved April 26, 2020.
  2. ^ Bernreuter, Hugh (April 24, 2020). "NFL could find late-round diamond in Saginaw's Brian Cole". MLive. Retrieved April 26, 2020.
  3. ^ "Brian Cole Combine Profile". Retrieved October 2, 2020.
  4. ^ Day, Jack (April 25, 2020). "Vikings draft Mississippi State safety Brian Cole II at 249 overall in NFL Draft". Vikings Wire. Retrieved April 26, 2020.
  5. ^ "Vikings Announce Roster Moves". July 27, 2020. Retrieved July 27, 2020.
  6. ^ "Vikings Announce Roster Moves; Justin Jefferson Activated". August 4, 2020. Retrieved August 4, 2020.
  7. ^ "Vikings Sign LB David Reese II; Announce Roster Moves". August 26, 2020. Retrieved August 27, 2020.
  8. ^ "Dolphins Announce Practice Squad". September 7, 2020.
  9. ^ "Dolphins Sign 12 Players to Futures Contracts". January 5, 2021. Retrieved February 15, 2021.
  10. ^ "Roster Moves: Miami Dolphins Sign WR Isaiah Ford, Waive S Brian Cole and C Tyler Gauthier". July 16, 2021.
  11. ^ "Panthers sign safety Brian Cole". Retrieved August 5, 2021.
  12. ^ a b c "Transactions – Football player trades and signings". Canadian Football League. Retrieved October 13, 2021.
  13. ^ "Elks sign former NFL draft pick Brian Cole". Edmonton Elks. June 28, 2022. Retrieved June 28, 2022.

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