For the upcoming draft, defense appears to be the primary point that is going to be addressed with our current five, hopefully more, picks. Unless Joe Haden falls to us at 10, I don't see another corner who would be the best available player at that spot. However, as we learned last year with Derek Cox, defensive back talent can be found in the mid rounds with success...
Perrish Cox is an intriguing prospect coming out of the Big 12's Oklahoma State; a conference, and school not known for defense, but rather the opposite of defense, namely the spread offense. Cox is a bit of a streaky player, yet never has horrible games. When he is hot, he is possibly one of the top five cornerbacks in the nation.
Video Killed the Scouting Report:
Perrish Cox (16) vs. Missouri (via AloDraft) (This is an example of a not so great game by Cox. Not a bad one, and he pulls out some nice plays in the end. Often times he is just the product of route designs that are impossible to defend with his assignment. Watch it all though, this is great film by ProDraftParty.com
Perrish Cox (16) vs. Georgia (via AloDraft) (This is a nice game. Once again, great film. He had a nice day against Georgia, holding Georgia's A.J. Green, one of the nation's best receivers, to low numbers.)
Perrish Cox by the Numbers
- Height: 6'0"
- Weight: 195
- Senior Year Stats: Four interceptions, 36 Tackles
He has a smooth backpedal off the line and shows good hip transition skills, though he opens up his hips to the route too early too often. As a run supporter, though, he sets the edge consistently and rarely shies away from putting his shoulder into the runner. If he gets anywhere near the ball, consider it at least knocked away. He has a knack for dropping catchable balls but his long arms are perfect for reaching in and breaking up pivotal catches. In midair, Cox fights for it, displaying a nasty desire to prevent the big play, a trait that can easily be translated to ill play at the next level. Where Cox truly sets himself apart from the rest is in his return game. He began his career in Stillwater by returning the season opener kickoff for a touchdown in 2006. Since then, he's amassed six career touchdowns on punt and kickoff returns. He is magic in open field with a ball in his hand and, if he's rested, can make 11 guys miss consistently.
Terrific natural athleticism --- Ideal height and bulk --- Excellent speed with a burst to close and recover --- Quick and agile with nice change of direction --- Good leaping ability --- Soft hands and outstanding ball skills --- Superb instincts and awareness --- Smooth with fluid hips to transition --- Excels in both man and zone coverage --- Physical at the line --- Will tackle and support the run --- Elusive with great vision --- Is very confident with a short memory --- Also a prolific kick/punt returner. Can be too aggressive at times and will gamble --- Footwork leaves something to be desired --- Tends to get tall in his backpedal --- Supremely talented and possesses first round physical tools but isn't technically sound and intangibles are shaky --- Must keep his head on straight and get coached up a bit but has the ability to be a starter as well as a great return man in the NFL
My Thoughts: Like most experts believe, I see him going sometime during the second or third round. Either way, he offers an interesting solution to some of the defensive problems the Jags are having. With some coaching in his rookie year at the professional level, I could see him playing free safety by his third year at the latest. H has good speed and instincts, but will bail on routes too early.
Perrish Cox. Worthy of drafting in the third or second round?
Yes (9 votes)
No (7 votes)
16 total votes