Due to an injury, former LSU linebacker Jabril Cox missed out on an opportunity to show NFL scouts what he could do at his pro day. As a result, his draft stock might be slipping a bit.
Recently, the NFL Network’s Bucky Brooks released an updated list of his top five players at each position. After originally making the cut at linebacker, Cox fell out of the top five with other players impressing during their pro day appearances. With Cox dropping in the ranking, Kentucky’s Jamin Davis took his place at No. 4.
“Davis is shooting up the charts as more evaluators dig into his game,” Brooks wrote. “The instinctive playmaker has a knack for finding the ball, and his penchant for creating turnovers stands out on tape.”
The good news for Cox is that he did get some exposure at the 2021 Reese’s Senior Bowl. There, Cox checked in a little shorter than advertised at 6-feet-2 instead of the 6-feet-4 LSU listed him at as a senior. The weight, however, was on target at 233 pounds. His 32 ¾” arm length helps make up some of the difference, along with his 79 ½” wingspan that comes in handy playing in space. Cox’s five tackles – one solo – during the Senior Bowl tied for the second most on either roster.
Recently, Cox spoke about his senior season at LSU, which didn’t go as planned after he transferred into the program last offseason. The former LSU linebacker believes that he can do a little bit of everything on the defensive side, including covering some of the NFL’s more athletic tight ends, but knows LSU prepared him for the NFL.
“It was exciting for me. It was a new challenge that I wanted to take on,” Cox said. “Especially with it being during a pandemic, we didn’t know if we were going to have a season or not, but going in I was just ready to compete and just help get myself better as a player as a whole. My time in Baton Rouge, I wouldn’t trade it for the world and I think it was for the best of me.”
Prior to arriving in Baton Rouge, Cox put together three sensational seasons at North Dakota State where he helped the program compile a 45-1 record. He added a Missouri Valley Conference Defensive Player of the Year and a finalist for the Buck Buchanan Award to his list of credentials that included 258 tackles, 32 tackles for loss, and 14 sacks, to go with six interceptions, two returned to pay dirt.