Lester Cotton
No. 66 – Miami Dolphins
Position:Offensive guard
Personal information
Born: (1996-02-20) February 20, 1996 (age 27)
Tuscaloosa, Alabama, U.S.
Height:6 ft 4 in (1.93 m)
Weight:335 lb (152 kg)
Career information
High school:Central Tuscaloosa (AL)
Career history
Roster status:Active
Career highlights and awards
Career NFL statistics as of Week 16, 2022
Games played:15
Games started:1
Player stats at NFL.com · PFR

Lester Cotton Sr. (born February 20, 1996) is an American football offensive guard for the Miami Dolphins of the National Football League (NFL). He was signed as an undrafted free agent following the 2019 NFL Draft by the Las Vegas Raiders. He played college football at Alabama.

Early life

Lester Cotton was born on February 20, 1996, in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.

High school

He went to high school at Central High School in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. He was a four-star prospect and played in the 2015 Under Armour All-America game.[1] He also was named the no. 3 offensive guard nationally by Rivals.com.[1]

Awards and honors

College career

Cotton chose Alabama over scholarship offers from Auburn, USC, Mississippi State and Ole Miss.


He played in four games in his first season.


He started the Crimson Tide's first two games of the season at left guard and started three games more games while playing right guard.[1] He also played in nine other games.[1] He was a blocker for nine 100-yard rushing games.[1] Against USC he played 59 snaps at left guard with and had one knockdown block.[1] He did not allow a pressure or a sack against them as he opened holes for 242 rushing yards.[1] Against Kent State he came off the bench to play 25 snaps and helped the Tide rush for 285 yards.[1] When they played the Tennessee Volunteers Cotton started at right guard and helped cleared a path for 409 yards rushing and 594 yards of offense.[1] Versus Texas A&M he recorded six knockdown blocks and opened holes for 287 yards on the ground and 451 yards of total offense.[1] He played 12 games in 2016.[1]


Cotton established a starting role at right guard as a junior in 2017 and started 13 games.[1] Against Florida State Cotton helped make holes for 173 rushing yards in a 24–7 win over the No. 3 ranked Seminoles.[1] When the Tide played Fresno State he had one knockdown block in 44 snaps in a win over the Bulldogs. He did not commit any penalties in the game.[1] The Tide had 305 rushing yards in the win.[1] He recorded two knockdown blocks while he helped open holes for 239 rushing yards and 487 total yards against Colorado State.[1] When they played Vanderbilt, Cotton helped clear a path for 496 rushing yards and 677 total yards.[1] He was graded out at 88 percent with six knockdown blocks.[1] He started and played 55 snaps as the Crimson Tide beat the Ole Miss Rebels 66–3.[1] Cotton played all 69 snaps on offense when they played Texas A&M.[1] He blocked for his 6th 100-yard rushing game against Arkansas.[1] Cotton did not allow a sack or pressure in a 45–7 win against Tennessee.[1] Cotton made his ninth consecutive start vs.LSU.[1] He was graded out at 89 percent on 34 snaps in a 56–0 win over Mercer.[1] He did not allow a sack, pressure or hurry in the game. They had 530 yards of total offense, split evenly with 265 both in passing and rushing.[1] Against Clemson he played 57 snaps in the Tide's 24–6 win in the Sugar Bowl before a knee injury forced him out of the game.[1] He was graded out at 85 percent.[1] He missed the CFP National Championship against Georgia because of an injury.[1] He was a finalist for the Joe Moore award.[1]


In 2018 he moved to left guard after playing right guard in the past.[1] He made his first start as left guard against Louisville.[1] Cotton played 70 snaps against Arkansas State.[1] He did not allow a sack and had three knockdown blocks against Ole Miss.[1] He had two knockdown blocks against Texas A&M.[1] Against Louisiana he played 42 snaps and had two knockdown blocks. He also did not allow a sack, pressure or commit a penalty.[1] The Tide had a season high 639 yards against Arkansas.[1] He played 53 snaps after coming off the bench against Mississippi State.[1] Cotton came off the bench in relief of Deonte Brown to play 39 snaps in the SEC Championship Game. He returned to the starting lineup against Oklahoma and provided time for 528 yards of total offense.[1] He finished his career with 28 starts.[1] The Tide's offensive line only allowed an average of 1 sack per game in 2018.[1]

Professional career

Las Vegas Raiders

Cotton was signed as a undrafted free agent after the 2019 NFL Draft.[2][3] He was released at roster cuts but was later signed to the practice squad.[4] In December he was promoted to the active roster and played one snap in one game.[5][6][7][8] He was active for 3 games but only played in one.[9] He was released at roster cuts in 2020. In February 2021, he was signed again.[10][11]

On August 31, 2021, Cotton was waived by the Raiders and re-signed to the practice squad the next day.[12][13] After the Raiders were eliminated in the 2021 Wild Card round of the playoffs, he signed a reserve/future contract on January 17, 2022.[14]

Cotton made the Raiders final roster in 2022 as a backup interior lineman. He made his first career start at right guard in Week 2 in a spot start. On December 3, 2022, Cotton was placed on injured reserve.[15] He was released on December 15.

Miami Dolphins

On December 20, 2022, Cotton was signed to the Miami Dolphins practice squad.[16] He signed a reserve/future contract on January 16, 2023.[17]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p q r s t u v w x y z aa ab ac ad ae af ag ah ai aj ak al am an "Lester Cotton Sr. - Football". University of Alabama Athletics. Retrieved March 8, 2021.
  2. ^ "Lester Cotton Stats, News and Video - OG". NFL.com. Retrieved March 8, 2021.
  3. ^ Smith, Stephen M. (February 9, 2021). "Las Vegas Raiders sign former Alabama OL, Lester Cotton Sr". Touchdown Alabama. Retrieved April 22, 2021.
  4. ^ "Raiders release J.J. Nelson, re-sign Lester Cotton". al. October 11, 2019. Retrieved March 8, 2021.
  5. ^ "Lester Cotton eligible to make NFL debut on Sunday". al. December 21, 2019. Retrieved March 8, 2021.
  6. ^ "Lester Cotton Stats". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved March 8, 2021.
  7. ^ "Lester Cotton Stats - Pro Football Archives". www.profootballarchives.com. Retrieved March 8, 2021.
  8. ^ "Oakland Raiders promote guard Lester Cotton". al. October 6, 2019. Retrieved April 22, 2021.
  9. ^ "Lester Cotton 2019 Game Log". Pro-Football-Reference.com. Retrieved March 8, 2021.
  10. ^ "Raiders sign guard Lester Cotton Sr". Las Vegas Raiders. Retrieved March 8, 2021.
  11. ^ Kudo, Hikaru. "Guard Lester Cotton Sr. Signs With Raiders". Sports Illustrated Oakland Raiders News, Analysis and More. Retrieved March 8, 2021.
  12. ^ "Raiders finalize initial 53-man roster for 2021 season". Raiders.com. August 31, 2021.
  13. ^ "Raiders announce practice squad additions". Raiders.com. September 1, 2021.
  14. ^ Raiders Public Relations (January 17, 2022). "Raiders announce Reserve/Future signings". Raiders.com. Retrieved January 17, 2022.
  15. ^ "Raiders activate CB Nate Hobbs from injured reserve". Raiders.com. December 3, 2022.
  16. ^ "Miami Dolphins make practice squad moves". MiamiDolphins.com. December 20, 2022.
  17. ^ "Miami Dolphins sign 7 to future contracts". MiamiDolphins.com. January 16, 2023.