Pros: "Demonstrates that he can engage blockers and maintain a good 'football position' and hold his ground. ... Will pursue to the ball and can take solid angles in pursuit though he can be sharper at times. Displays adequate range and reactive athleticism." -- ESPN scouting report
Cons: "A bit of an arm-tackler who can overrun the play at times and struggle to recover and be forced to reach. Can tend to leave his feet and you would like to see him run through the tackle more consistently. As a pass-rusher lacks the initial burst to get up-field and win with speed and can at times attack the whole man and get caught up at the line ..." -- ESPN scouting report
Similar to/potential role: Like Gaia, Cothren will redshirt this season and must focus on adding more bulk. It's unlikely he'll see any playing time.
Expected impact: 2015. Cothren won't have it easy. For nearly his entire career, he'll have to compete with three players who are just one year his senior. His redshirt sophomore season is the first time he'll get a clear shot at a backup spot, but he'll have to fight to see considerable playing time.