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Cole Tucker is a tough, gritty receiver for Northern Illinois who showcases his strong hands and physicality as a run blocker. Hula Bowl scout Derrick Deen breaks down Tucker as an NFL Prospect in his report.

Player Data

Name, Jersey # Cole Tucker / #15
School (Code) Northern Illinois (ILNO)
DOB, Class Yr 06/07/1999, 6th yr. Senior
Height, Weight 6020, 195
40 Yd Dash N/A
Arms, Hands N/A
Position/Depth WR / Starting
Honors/Captainship 2021 All-MAC Honorable Mention (Pro Football Focus)2021 All-MAC Academic Team
Season Viewed (yr) 2021 / 2022
Games Watched 2022-Ball State, Vanderbilt & Tulsa
Scout Name / Date Derrick Deen / 11-09-2022

Per Year Stats (Most Recent First)

2022 10 GP/10 GS/41 REC/ 599Yds/ 14.61 YPC/ 4 Rec. TDs (Incomplete Season)
2021 9 GP/5 GS / 41 REC / 575 Yds / 14.02 YPC / 3 Rec. TDs
2020 6 GP/4 GS / 13 REC / 136 Yds / 10.5 YPC / 2 Rec. TDs
2019 12 GP/ 10 GS / 38 REC / 531 Yds / 14.0 YPC / 1 Rec. TD
2018 14 GP / 3 GS / 18 REC / 156 Yds / 8.7 YPC

Cole Tucker WR 6'2 195 Northern Illinois. Here's a NFL Scouting report on him. Mother is Canadian from Brandon, Manitoba originally.

A sixth-year, redshirt senior, enrolled at NIU in 2017. Appears to be shorter than listed height. Has a squared, durable, thicker torso and toned, average-length arms. Legs have some length in the thighs, with thick and strong calves. Aligns and starts primarily at the left or right outside WR spots (640 snaps), but has seen 454 snaps in the slot. Has totalled 317 special teams snaps. Strong-handed, possession receiver that will be a better fit as a big slot at the next level. Physical, tough, uses body and angles well to get in front of the ball and shield corners from catches. Good, reliable target that can give the QB options underneath. Stretches the field. Average breakaway speed after the catch, sufficient ability to use vision and improvise. Plays to the quarterback. Does a good job pushing the sideline and finding open green. Has a clear second gear in the game, can get slowed down. Plus run blocker, though should be more aware of angles. Not a very sharp route runner, can decelerate out of breaks. Slow to release against press coverage. Very much a sideline-to-sideline, east-west route runner.

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Somewhere I made my top three draft predictions for the Argos but don't remember where. It was S Jon Sutherland at #1, WR Clarke Barnes at #2 and DL Reece Martin at #3. Sutherland is not going to happen as Argos traded that pick for LB Williams from BC Lions. Can't argue with that. A proven young LBer who should be around for several years. Don't know much about the Global guys and I guess we can't see them in the one on ones. DT Simon Sandberg 6'3 290 has started three years at Oregon State so he might have something for their #1 pick. 2nd round another Aussie kicker for some depth behind Bebe and Haggerty.

Wow! Clarke Barnes did a 39.0 in the vertical. He might not be there at #16 for the Argos.