Perrish Cox: 2010 NFL Draft Player Profiles

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Perrish Cox: 2010 NFL Draft Player Profiles
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Perrish Cox—CB/KR, 5'11" 190 lbs., Second or Third Round Pick

Pros

Perrish Cox is a great athlete. He can run with just about any receiver at any level, and he is proficient in man to man as well as zone coverage.

While Cox may be a great cornerback, he is an even better kickoff return man. He is Oklahoma State’s all-time leader in kick return yards, and he owns numerous Big 12 records as well.

This versatility and raw athleticism will make Cox very valuable to many NFL teams looking for an upgrade in special teams. Cox also has the attitude that he can shut down any corner in the league. He knows how talented he is and this confidence could carry over to the next level.

 

Cons

All teams and scouts know about Cox’s amazing athleticism, but they also know about his bad attitude and, at times, questionable play. Cox was suspended for the Cotton Bowl against Ole Miss this year due to “a violation of curfew.” This has been an on going problem for the young cornerback, and NFL teams have definitely taken notice.

Many teams recognize that he is a huge talent, but because of players like Adam “Pacman” Jones and Tank Johnson, teams are taking a major higher priority in getting good character players.

 

Overview

Cox has a great opportunity in becoming one of the steals of the 2010 NFL draft. Scouts agree that he has the first round talent and skill, but they are not as high on his personality and attitude. If Cox can turn himself around and start following simple rules, he has a great chance of becoming a very good NFL player.

Cox must also work on his consistency. In the Senior Bowl, Cox had two interceptions—one of the only senior corners to really impress scouts. But, during practice, Cox was beaten many times by double moves.

This really tells the story of Cox’s college playing days. He showed signs of brilliance on first and second down, but he would then get beat on third down. Cox must improve on this consistency if he wants to become more than a special teams player in the NFL.  

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