#96 Barry Cofield, NT
CFA Player Analysis
Cofield was drafted in the 4th round by the Giants and immediately started on one of the most dominant lines in football as a rookie. In the last 30 years Lawrence Taylor and some other clown/ not Lawrence Taylor (Bill Neil…?) have started every game as a rookie for the Giants, so it’s a fairly impressive accomplishment. They also elected to let him walk away in free agency. Generally Cofield was seen as a very solid, yet replaceable player for the Giants who played well over center. Generally the PR has been overwhelmingly positive from Haslett and Shanahan, despite poor grades in advance metrics. He certainly is a high motor player who is, at best, adjusting to the two gap nose tackle position the Redskins are asking him to play.
Gave a nice background interview to the Northwestern athletic department in which Barry revealed his preference for 80’s stalwarts like Eye of the Tiger by Survivor and the movie Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. He likes Mytrle Beach, pizza, his mom and Barry Sanders (not in that order). He wants to be able to sing like Ruben Studdard. Charmingly dated reference but in fairness to him, the Studdard info was published in 2005. Those were different times.
High School – 1998 to 2002 Cleveland Heights High School
He lettered in football, basketball, baseball and track. He was an All-League and honorable mention All-District selection in basketball (11 ppg, 8 rpg, 5 apg). (CFA loves 5 dimes a game from a big man incidentally).
He was a Super Prep All-Midwest Region and 2nd-team All-State defensive end in 2001. He was also 1st-team All-Lake Erie League and won All-District honors in his senior year.
There was a nice feature about him and his mom in the book about 2009 book about students from Cleveland Heights High School, Every Tiger has Tale by Gary Stromberg.
College 2002 to 2006 – Northwestern University
Played significant minutes as a freshman, and became a full-time starter in his sophomore year. Made a lot of plays throughout college but didn’t get recognition until his senior year. He was named 2nd team All-Big 10 in his senior year. Very consistent, he started 36 games and played in all 49 games of his four year career.
NFL Draft – 2006, 4th round
Put up solid numbers in the bench press and in the vertical jump. His draft class was very week at DT aside from Haloti Ngata.
He was seen as an athletic mid-round prospect that profiled closest to 34 DE. The Giants drafted him in the 4th round and lined him up over center as a one gap nose tackle.
Aggregated Advanced Analysis
2011 Scouts Inc. found Cofield to be a versatile interior defender who gets the most out of his talent with great leverage and good technique, especially with his hands. A consistently solid starter.
Football Outsiders Almanacs
2012 They reiterate that he is a solid, overpaid player, however they do praise him for a seamless transition made from 4-3 to 3-4. He did well on the percentage of plays in which he stopped a running back short of a first down.
2011 FOA says that Cofield is a solid player (but that he’s overpaid). He did well in the number of plays made for the Giants in 2010 according to their metrics. They describe him as a ‘no-sense’ interior presence and remark that he played over center with the Giants so the adjustment to 34 nose tackle shouldn’t be overwhelming.
Pro Football Focus Grades
2011 (plays) According to Pro Football Focus, Cofield decidedly did not make a seamless transition from the 4-3 to the 3-4 as they viewed him to be one of the worst starting nose tackles in the league being fairly equally inept at both run and pass defense. They credited him with very few stops given his opportunities
He was a 4th round pick in 2006. He didn’t make much money until he got here.
7/29/2011: Signed a six-year, $36 million contract. The deal contains $12.5 million guaranteed, including a $5 million signing bonus. 2012: $2.55 million, 2013: $4.05 million, 2014-2015: $4.55 million, 2016: $5.55 million, 2017: Free Agent