Functional Athleticism - Does not possess ideal levels of mobility to serve as a space blocker or routinely climb to the second level and challenge linebackers. He's somewhat stale as an athlete and will get challenged by first step quickness and lateral defensive flow alike at the point of attack.
Football IQ - Sharp. He's an active communicator and it's easy to appreciate how hands on he is with calls. He's played a lot of ball at ASU and offers necessary identification skills to flash and react to misdirections and overloads against interior protections — not easily mixed up in assignments.
Anchor Ability - He does not have ideal core strength and his lack of foot quickness further expands on the issue to leave him chasing too many blocks and conceding space on the interior. Needs to become more consistent and urgent to work across the face of blocks or get himself established against A-gap defenders.
Hand Technique - Lacks the necessary punch and power through his frame to jolt and offset upfield pushes — hanging him out to dry and often forcing him to revert to recovery mode. His hand steer isn't consistent and lacks to the power to torque and turn defenders out of gaps with consistency to manipulate the point of attack.
Balance - Simply doesn't possess enough fluidity through his frame to slide, flash and mirror in pass protection. He's late to the party climbing to the second level and will as a result overrun possible run fits because he's hustling to get home. Like his base and posture in short spaces where he's not stressed to move.
Pass Sets - He's active to either take assignment or look for work and help clean up the mess if he's left unoccupied. Think he would be best in gap assignments to not chase or cover too much ground. Will eat hands and be forced to try to drop anchor with regularity — but doesn't have the ideal strength for such tasks.
Flexibility - Wouldn't call him stiff, just think he's somewhat lethargic. He lacks short area quickness but not the ability to stay upright on his hips or to keep his base established and wide. He provides modest space skills and shouldn't be charged with a a lot of pulling or work on the boundary — he won't get home.
Power at POA - He's a sticky blocker on double teams and help blocks. Don't expect him to uproot nose tackles in on e on one scenarios and he's more so along for the ride against big bodies up front. Lacks the punch power to really bubble and push back the line of scrimmage and as a result will struggle to win in gap/power.
Length - Modest length. His lack of reach isn't nearly the issue he'll find with struggling to mirror and stay engaged with foot quickness. Condensed reach does offer quick punches and ability to flash and wall off at the last minute against late gap shooters up front, too.
Competitive Toughness - Is a try hard but does not possess nasty tendencies as a blocker — feels like he's always chasing action. Like his persistence and one play at a time demeanor, however. If you can tap into some more athletic ability, he'll provide you with a reliable back-up center on an active roster.
Best Trait - Football IQ
Worst Trait - Athleticism
Best Film - Oregon (2019)
Worst Film - Utah (2019)
Red Flags - None
Summary - Cohl Cabral is a low end center prospect — he does not have the mobility, short area quickness or core strength to shine as a centerpiece of an NFL offensive line; but he is a mentally sharp player with plenty of experience who should be able to latch onto an active roster as a depth option. At the very least, Cabral is a strong practice squad candidate who is worth investing in to determine if he has untapped athletic potential at his disposal to become a viable high snap blocker.