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Draft Scout Ben Cotton News
12/04/12 - 2012 ALL-BIG TEN HONORABLE MENTION (MEDIA): Ben Cotton, Nebraska, has been selected Honorable Mention All-Big Ten (Media selection) for the 2012 college football season. - Nebraska football
12/04/12 - 2012 ALL-BIG TEN HONORABLE MENTION (COACHES): Ben Cotton, Nebraska, has been selected Honorable Mention All-Big Ten (Coaches selection) for the 2012 college football season. - Nebraska football
08/07/12 - Top-five Nebraska prospects for the 2013 NFL Draft: 5. TE Ben Cotton...With only 22 career receptions, Cotton doesn't have the college production that gets NFL scouts excited, but his size and physical skills are a different story. Despite having more career starts (25) than catches at Nebraska, he is a big target at 6-6, 255 and has enough short-area quickness to make plays at the next level. A native of Ames, Iowa, Cotton passed up offers from both Iowa and Iowa State to play in Lincoln, redshirting in 2008. He started a combined 14 games as a freshman and sophomore, recording eight catches. Cotton had his best season in 2011 as a junior (11 starts), finishing with 14 catches for 189 yards but didn't find the end zone. He looks the part of a traditional tight end with a large frame, good length and the muscle build to handle his own against linebackers, but his lack of speed is a concern. Cotton has big, reliable hands, but will sometimes let the ball into his body, which will lead to drops. He is a competitive blocker in the run game with the upper body strength to redirect defenders, but needs to clean up his technique to be more consistent and avoid holding penalties. In Nebraska's run-first offense, the passing game has been an afterthought with Taylor Martinez at quarterback, hurting the draft value of a player like Cotton who isn't given many chances to catch the ball. However, the raw skills are there and he might be a better fit at the next level than teammate and fellow tight end Kyler Reed. - Dane Brugler, NFLDraftScout.com