6-1/215 Arizona State
Pros: Does a nice job coming up to play the run. Can lower the shoulder and deliver hit to ballcarrier. Can make stops in the open field. Has experience working the center field.
Cons: Not as aggressive or physical a tackler or hitter as you'd expect with his size. Lacks pop as a tackler and needs to do a better job wrapping up. Will break down at times in the open field, missing stops due to taking poor angles. Lacks awareness in coverage and not quick to react to the pass.
Overview: Cox has NFL size, but lacks the pop or ball skills to stand out either in run support or coverage. Senior year was his only year as a starter at strong safety.
NFL Forecast: His only real chance to stick at the NFL level is if he can perform well on special teams. As a defensive player, his upside is limited. He's not good enough in coverage to merit being a dime safety on passing downs and is too inconsistent vs. the run. He can be an adequate backup strong safety, provided he doesn't actually get that much playing time. A team will keep him around only if he can be an ace on special teams coverage, not because there is significant worthwhile talent to develop on defense.
ATL Forecast: Cox would be hard-pressed to make the Falcons roster unless he is dynamite on special teams. He'd be a marginal backup, although he does possess the potential to play either safety spot.
Value: He's not worth drafting, but it wont' hurt a team to bring him to camp.
Scouting Reports of safeties in the 2009 NFL Draft
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