Saskatchewan Roughriders sign former NFL draft pick Brian Cole II

The Saskatchewan Roughriders have signed American defensive back Brian Cole II.

The six-foot-two, 205-pound cover man was selected by the Minnesota Vikings in the seventh round of the 2020 NFL Draft. Over the last two NFL seasons, he spent time with the Vikings, Miami Dolphins, and Carolina Panthers, dressing for two preseason games in 2021.

Cole played 17 games over two seasons at Mississippi State (2018-19). He made 78 total tackles, 10.5 tackles for loss, three sacks, 12 quarterback pressures, two interceptions, four passes defended, one forced fumble, and two fumble recoveries. He also returned 16 kickoffs for 329 yards and an average 20.6 yards per return.

The native of Saginaw, Mich. was named team captain as a senior and attended the Senior Bowl and the NFL Combine in 2020.

Prior to attending Mississippi State, Cole suited up for East Mississippi Community College and was considered one of the top five junior college safeties in the United States according to 247 Sports and Scout.com. He tallied 54 tackles, one sack, three forced fumbles, one fumble recovery for a touchdown and also blocked three kicks.