By: Chip Turner
Jabril Cox - LSU
6’3” – 232 pounds
Jabril Cox transferred from North Dakota State after 3 years of wreaking havoc in the FCS, and played his senior season as LSU. It’s arguable that he hasn’t approached his ceiling yet, as he handled the step up in competition well. Cox projects as another three-down LB in the NFL, as he has outstanding coverage skills. He’s quick to the ball, very instinctive, and is able to diagnose plays well. A QB in high school, Cox seems to have retained some of what he learned in play-calling, and often anticipates where the ball is headed.
While Cox is probably the best pass-defending LB in the draft, his run defense needs improvement. Fortunately, he has the size and frame to develop this. He has difficulty stacking and shedding blockers, and once an O-Lineman gets their hands on him, you’re unlikely to see him involved in the play. If he’d played his entire college career in the SEC, this might not be the case. Regardless, it’s not a tremendous concern for the NFL, but it’s definitely something to consider. The only other thing that might affect his draft stock is that he didn’t participate at his Pro Day due to a hamstring injury.
Jabril Cox is another solid three-down LB prospect who will tantalize GMs with his three-down ability. He’s fluid, pursues well, and should defend well against almost any receiver across the middle of the field. He’ll likely be a Day Two pick in the NFL Draft.