Derek Cox #21 DB
Height: 6-1 Weight: 195 Age: 26
Born: 9/22/1986 Winterville , NC
College: William & Mary
Experience: 5th season
High School: J.H. Rose HS [Greenville, NC]
Selected By: Jacksonville Jaguars
Pick (Overall): 9 (73)
Cox earned a starting job at cornerback early in his freshman year for the Tribe and continued to improve to a second-team All-Colonial Athletic Association pick as a senior.
Cox really jumped up boards, however, with a great pro day, where he was clocked as fast as 4.39 seconds in the 40-yard dash and posted a 36.5-inch vertical jump and an 11-foot, 8-inch broad jump. He intercepted seven passes and broke up 10 others over the past two seasons, so his athleticism and ball skills give him exactly the type of upside teams look for in a draftable small-school prospect.
Cox's physical play may project him to safety at the next level and his experience as a punt returner (two scores and a 16.4-yard average in 2008) is another bonus.