IOWA CITY, Iowa — Iowa churns out offensive linemen annually to the NFL, and you can add Cole Croston to the list.
Croston, a 6-foot-5, 314-pound tackle, agreed to terms with the New England Patriots following Saturday’s draft.
An original walk-on, Croston arrived at Iowa at 225 pounds and built himself into a 300-pound tackle. Croston combined for 18 starts over his final two seasons at left tackle and right tackle. He was named honorable mention All-Big Ten as a senior despite missing four games with a high-ankle sprain. His father, Dave Croston, was a third-round draft pick of the Green Bay Packers in 1987.
Extremely excited and blessed for the opportunity the @Patriots have given me! Ready to get to work!
— Cole Croston (@Cole_Croston) April 30, 2017
NFL.com analyst Lance Zierlein wrote Croston “has good frame and above average length. Plays with desired hand strength. Can snatch the frame of defender and sustain his block with hand strength and body control. Has experience at both tackle positions. Zone block specialist. Comes out of stance and gets into lateral movement quickly. … Too upright at point of attack. Narrow base and elevated pad level create issues for him against double teams. Might not have the anchor necessary to operate inside a two-gap scheme.”
At his March pro day, Croston jumped 32.5 vertically, which would have topped all offensive linemen at last month’s NFL combine in Indianapolis. His 3-cone drill time of 7.38 seconds would have ranked third. He ran the 40-yard dash in 5.21 seconds, which was in the top 15.