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 27)
Saginaw, Michigan, U.S.
Height:6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
Weight:213 lb (97 kg)
Career information
High school:Heritage
(Saginaw, Michigan)
NFL draft:2020 / Round: 7 / Pick: 249
Career history
 * Offseason and/or practice squad member only
Roster status:Active
CFL status:American
Player stats at

Brian Keith Cole II (born April 3, 1997) is an American professional 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 practice squad of the Miami Dolphins.[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. ^ Gantt, Darin (August 5, 2021). "Panthers sign safety Brian Cole". Panthers. 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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