These football rookies (and other 2nd and 3rd stringers) showed serious potential during the preseason. Keep your eye on them: It probably won't be long before they're making their way into the starting lineup.
Cole nearly went undrafted, snagged by the Vikings in the seventh round with the 210th overall pick out of North Carolina State. Cole made plenty of people scratch their heads in pleasant surprise this preseason, grabbing two fourth quarter interceptions and returning them for touchdowns in the Vikings’ second preseason game against the Bills. Even Cole himself couldn’t have anticipated that kind of defensive success, having only picked off one pass over his entire college career.
Cole also added 13 tackles and a sack throughout the preseason – ripping down eight of his tackles in their final game against the Texans. It’s likely that he’s played well enough to earn some special teams playing time during the season. His performance there will decide whether he can eventually move up to defense, but he’s definitely put himself on the right track.