I wrote before the draft that I wanted to see the New York Giants use a mid-round pick to add a running back, but general manager Jerry Reese waited until the penultimate pick of the 2013 NFL draft to address the position, selecting Michael Cox from the University of Massachusetts.
Cox (6'3", 215 lbs) is a big, bruising back who started his collegiate career at Michigan before transferring to UMass. He rushed for 715 yards and scored five touchdowns in 2012, including 76 yards at Michigan on September 15.
Cox moves well for his size, and can catch the ball out of the backfield, a requirement for any back in the Giants offense. He offers an intriguing skill set.
He also had one of the more spectacular touchdowns of the 2012 college football season—a leaping, nine-yard score against Miami (OH). So, there's that.
Where does Cox fit in with the Giants?
He joins a backfield that includes David Wilson, Andre Brown, Da'Rel Scott and Ryan Torain. Wilson is the featured back, and Brown figures to be the number two. The Giants like Scott, as he's shown flashes in the past, and Torain is only two years removed from a 742-yard season. The competition for snaps at the position will be strong.
Ultimately, Cox will likely have to beat out both Scott and Torain to make the roster. The Giants will give him the opportunity to do so, but both men have ability, so it won't be easy for Cox. He's most certainly not a lock to make the final, 53-man roster.
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