Photo of J.J. Wilcox
Drafted By: Cowboys
  • Round 3
  • Pick 18
  • Overall 80

Combine Results

77.0 ?
  • 4.57 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 17 REPS
    Top Performer
  • 35.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 124.0 INCH
    Top Performer
  • 7.02 SEC
    Top Performer
  • 4.09 SEC
    Top Performer
Blue Star  =  Combine Top Performer

Draft Analysis:

"I love J.J. Wilcox. The Cowboys needed a safety. He'll compete for the starting job, and ultimately he is a starting safety." -- Mike Mayock

  • 6'0" Height
  • 31" Arm Length
  • 213LBS. Weight
  • 9" Hands


A handful of prospects switch positions during their career. An even smaller number change positions twice. Finally, a very small minority flips sides of the field, switching from offense to defense. Wilcox is one of these prospects, and that transition didn;t take place until his senior year. Moving from receiver to slotback to safety takes a special kind of athlete, but Wilcox's physical attitude stands out as the reason for the seamless move.

Wilcox started four of eight games in 2009, missing three due to an injury. He caught 16 passes for 179 yards that season. As a sophomore, Wilcox moved from receiver to slotback and rushed for 484 yards and six touchdowns on 85 carries. He used the same receiving skills to catch 22 passes for a whopping 551 yards and three touchdowns. That season he started 14 of 15 games. As a junior in 2011, Wilcox started eight of 13 games and recorded 480 rushing yards and seven touchdowns on 52 carries. He only lost a single yard on a carry all season. Wilcox added seven catches for 168 yards and a touchdown. FInally, after transitioning to safety, Wilcox started 13 of 14 games and made 88 total tackles and three pass breakups. Wilcox also returned kicks for Georgia Southern, taking 31 attempts for 780 yards and one score.

Grade Title Draft (Round) Description
96-100 Future Hall of Famer Top Pick A once-in-a-generation type prospect who could change how his position is played
85-95 Immediate Starter 1st An impact player with the ability/intangibles to become a Pro Bowl player. Expect to start immediately except in a unique situation (i.e. behind a veteran starter).
70-84 Eventual Starter 2nd-3rd A quality player who will contribute to the team early on and is expected to develop into a starter. A reliable player who brings value to the position.
50-69 Draftable Player 4th-7th A prospect with the ability to make team as a backup/role player. Needs to be a special teams contributor at applicable positions. Players in the high range of this category might have long-term potential.
20-49 Free Agent UDFA A player with solid measurables, intangibles, college achievements, or a developing skill that warrants an opportunity in an NFL camp. In the right situation, he could earn a place on a 53-man roster, but most likely will be a practice squad player or a camp body.