DRAFT PROFILE: Jabril Cox, LB, LSU
Measurables: 6’4” 231 LBs
Jabril Cox is a 22 year old linebacker for the LSU Tigers from Kansas City, Missouri. His high school years were spent at Raytown South High School where he played quarterback and wide receiver on offense and linebacker, safety and cornerback on the defensive side. Cox started his collegiate career out at North Dakota State where he redshirted as a true freshman to help ease his transition to a full time linebacker. In his redshirt freshman season, Cox was named to the Second-Team All-Missouri Valley Football Conference team and was named the conference Newcomer of the Year in-route to a FCS Championship. Cox followed his impressive 2017 season with two straight First-Team All-Missouri Valley Football Conference selections and two more FCS National Championships. After the 2019 season, Cox transferred to LSU as a graduate transfer and finished the 2020 season as the Tigers’ third-leading tackle, 6.5 which went for a loss, one sack, one fumble recovery and eight passes defended, with one interception. Cox is a long, athletic, fluid, quick and explosive linebacker that projects to be a three-down linebacker in the NFL.
- Man Coverage
- Block shedding
- Reading offensive cue’s
- Playing through contact/traffic
- More of a “see and chase” linebacker
- Inconsistent tackler
Shaq Thompson. Young, athletic, lengthy linebacker who excels in pass coverage and playing the boundaries but has issues in run defense because of his slender/athletic frame. Much like Shaq, Jabril would benefit from playing stacked LB early in his career while he develops a broader frame before an eventual move to the full time MIKE linebacker.
Picks 50-70. I have Jabril Cox as my number 61 overall prospect but the range could vary for the young linebacker. As the NFL transitions to a more pass heavy league, and tight ends are being utilized as pass catchers more frequently, Cox’s athleticism and ability in man coverage could catapult him into the early part of day two. If Cox puts together an offseason where he shows his tackling inconsistencies are behind him, we could be talking about Cox climbing into the top 40 prospects.
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