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Cole Madison selected by Green Bay in 5th round of NFL Draft

The former WSU Cougars lineman is officially an NFL player, joining the Packers.

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Cole Madison began the first game of his college career in the starting lineup. With the exception of four games in his freshman season and one in 2017, he never left. Madison was a fixture on the WSU offensive line over the last three years, and now the Green Bay Packers are betting that Madison can step in maintain that consistency.

Madison capped a distinguished college career in the Senior Bowl. Along the way, he was on the Pac-12’s All-Conference Honorable Mention list as a Sophomore, and Second Team as a Junior and Senior. The AP named Madison to its All-Pac-12 First Team in 2017 as well.

Madison had no bigger fans than the folks at Pro Football Focus. In 2016, they placed him on their First-Team All-Pac-12 list, and named him a Second-Team All-American. He was named to their Second-Team All-Conference list in 2017.

Lance Zierlein of NFL.com summed up his thoughts on Madison thusly:

Madison’s athletic ability, foot quickness and ability to sustain blocks on the move make him a desirable target for teams who want offensive linemen who can excel in space. However, his lack of anchor in pass protection will likely be targeted by pass rushers looking to for holes to exploit. A move inside to guard could benefit Madison, if he can add strength and play with better knee bend.

You can read the entire report here.

You might recall that WSU Tackle Joe Dahl had a similar outlook when the Detroit Lions picked him in the 5th Round of the 2016 NFL Draft and moved him to guard. After seeing limited action in his rookie season, Dahl started Detriot’s final three games in 2017.

Madison is a native of Burien, Washington, and graduated from Kennedy High School. Best of luck in your NFL career, Cole, and thanks for having such an outstanding impact on Cougar Football.