5-foot-9, 210 pounds, CB
Brian Poole went unselected in the 2016 NFL Draft but agreed to a deal with the Atlanta Falcons as an undrafted free agent.
Poole arrived to Florida as a five-star recruit, according to Scout. The Bradenton native began to make a noticeable impact for the Gators as a sophomore with 32 tackles and two interceptions during the 2013 season. But Poole’s best season came as a junior when he split time as a cornerback and nickelback, finishing the 2014 season with 45 tackles and a team-high four interceptions to go along with 10 pass breakups. As a senior last season, Poole played primarily as a nickelback and totaled 40 tackles and 10 pass breakups. He did not receive an invite to the NFL Combine.
According to NFL.com, Poole is at his best in zone coverage and plays with a high football intelligence. But his 5-foot-9 stature is an issue, as Poole struggles to defend high throws. Poole will likely need to make it as a slot cornerback in the NFL. Analysts predict Poole to be a seventh-round pick or a priority free agent.
NFL Combine results:
Did not receive an invite to the combine.
“He’s physical, aggressive, fast and can run. He can do it all. I just can’t wait until he gets his chance and he can show the world what he can do.” — Former Gators cornerback Vernon Hargreaves.