Brenton Cox Jr. NFL Draft Scouting Report
EDGE, Florida Gators
Brenton Cox Jr. is a redshirt senior edge/outside linebacker that originally enrolled at the University of Georgia out of high school. Cox transferred to the University of Florida football program at the beginning of his sophomore season, where he had to sit out his sophomore year but was named a starter headed into his redshirt sophomore year. Cox had an unceremonious end to his collegiate career as he and the head coach agreed to part ways during the 2022 season and Cox decided to get ready for the 2022 NFL Draft.
On the field, Cox showcases the ideal combination of size, speed, and athleticism that NFL teams covet in an edge rusher. Cox is a productive run defender that has the natural play strength to set the edge. Cox has strong hands in that he can engage with offensive linemen and control them with his hands and shed them when he needs to make a play on a ball carrier that’s near. Cox also has the athleticism to chase plays down on the backside when he is left as the unblocked defender on the backside of plays.
As a pass rusher, Cox has pass-rush reps that align with him being labeled an effective pass rusher. But those reps are inconsistent. Rushing the passer, Cox lacks consistency and is hard to rely upon as a consistent edge rusher in that his collegiate career has seen him get near the quarterback but he has lacked the actual sack production. It appears that Cox triggers late from transitioning to playing the run to rushing the quarterback and lacks an effective rush plan.
Overall, Cox has a lot of the athletic tools to be a three-down player on the next level, but he needs development to become an effective pass-rushing EDGE in the NFL.
Top Reasons to Buy In:
- Prototype edge rusher build
- Natural strength
- Productive run defender
Top Reasons For Concern:
- Lack of pass-rush plan
- Lack of sack production
Size (NFL Combine):
Height: 6′ 4”
Weight: 250 lbs
Arm Length: 33 1/8”
Hand Size: 9 1/4”
Athletic Testing (NFL Combine):
40-yard Dash: 4.82s
Vertical Jump: 33”
Broad Jump: 9′ 7”
Bench Reps: 24 reps
Ideal Role: Stand-up edge rusher
Scheme Fit: Attacking 3-4 defense / Multiple
TDN Consensus Grade: 77.50/100 (Third-Round Value)
- Sanchez Grade: 77.50/100
Written By: Keith Sanchez
Exposures: LSU (2021), Alabama (2021, Utah (2022), Tennessee (2022), LSU (2022), Georgia (2022)
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