Barry Cofield   DT   Northwestern


Barry gets better every time I see him play.  He does a good job coming off the line as a 2-gap DT.  Barry has the lateral strength to go from hash mark to hash mark and control the line of scrimmage.  He has enough quickness to give you some pass rush and is always in the right place when it comes to covering his assignment.  Barry is the type of player that is more appreciated by his teammates and coaches than by most fans.  Every team needs a Barry Cofield to be successful on defense.   


Needs to Improve

Barry needs to get stronger and bulk up.  He needs to work on his stamina.  These are all normal issues for a DT coming out of college. 



If you want to go to the playoffs and the Super Bowl, then Barry is exactly the type of player you need to draft.  He will do all the dirty work and never complain.  He will get better every year, the fans will start to notice him and he will become a fan favorite.  Barry is the type of player that you will find on the second day of the draft because he does nothing spectacular, but everything well.  He can play nose in a 3-4 defense or DT in a 4-3 defense.  If your favorite team picks him in the first day, donít despair. They have picked a player that is a quality player on and off the field as far as I can tell.  Give him some time and you will see him get better and better from game to game and year to year.  Barry Cofield is a quality player and a quality draft pick, but he will need some time to develop.
by Drew Boylhart


February 2006