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Jabril Cox 2021 NFL Draft Profile

Jabril Cox 2021 NFL Draft Profile

The 2021 NFL Draft will be a great event for teams to start building for their future. Here is the Jabril Cox 2021 NFL Draft Profile.

Jabril Cox Background

Position: Linebacker

Size: 6-foot-3, 232 pounds

Class: Redshirt Senior

2020 stats: 58 total tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, 1 sack, 3 interceptions, 5 passes defended, 1 fumble recovered

Cox had an interesting college career that took him from the FCS to the SEC. After his crazy journey, he is headed to the NFL.

In high school, Cox played both ways and was a star in Kansas City. He signed on with North Dakota State to play linebacker. Over three seasons, he helped North Dakota State win three FCS NCAA Championships and post a 45-1 record. He was a two-time FCS All-American. After graduating, Cox transferred to LSU. He had 58 total tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss, one sack, three interceptions, five passes defended and one touchdown. Although Cox played well, LSU finished the year with a 5-5 record.

Following a great career at two different schools, Cox decided to declare for the NFL Draft. He is currently projected to be a day two pick in the 2021 NFL Draft.

Strengths

Jabril Cox 2021 NFL Draft Profile


Jabril Cox

Cox has solid size for an NFL linebacker, as he stands at 6-foot-3 and 232 pounds. He will look right at place and his size allows him to take on offensive linemen and to cover well. His arms measure in at over 32.375 inches, which helps him have a wide tackle radius and helps him match up with big tight ends.

His coverage is what can be his calling card at the next level. He has the height to match up with tight ends and usually can move with them as well. Cox’s athleticism is apparent as he can flip his hips and change direction well to keep up with more athletic players while in man coverage. He uses his eyes well and reacts in a timely manner while in zone coverage.

He has solid athleticism in a variety of ways. Cox has solid speed, quickness and agility. He demonstrates good range against the run, as he showed that he can track a ball carrier down from across the field. His athleticism shows up in coverage, as he has the movement skills to match up with some of the tight ends with more speed.

Weaknesses

His awareness and instincts could improve. Cox can be late to diagnose plays and react to them. His athleticism helped him cover up his processing being a step late, but in the NFL this will be magnified. He needs to have a better feel of where a play is going.

While he is a coverage specialist, his run defense could be better. He has good range, but he also takes some bad angles to the ball. With his processing a step slow, he can allow ball carriers to hit the hole before he can fill it. He is a solid tackler, but he can miss some as well.

At times, Cox can have trouble shedding blocks. He isn’t the strongest linebacker, despite his size, and when offensive linemen get their hands on him he is often times unable to make a play. Cox will have to disengage quicker to make an impact against the run.

Projected Draft Range: Second Round Pick-Third Round Pick

 

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