Eli Cox NFL Draft

Eli Cox

  • IOL Kentucky
  • Junior
  • #460
  • 6'4"
  • 293lbs
  • Prospect
  • Southeastern

Prospect Summary

Eli Cox 2023 NFL Draft Scouting Report

Background: 

  • Three-star recruit
  • Entered college with offensive tackle and guard flexibility
  • Graduated in May 2022 ​​with a degree integrated strategic communication; working on a second degree in media arts studies
  • In 2020, he volunteered at two churches and an elementary school

System: 

  • Scheme tendencies: Pro-style
  • 2022 projected role: Starting guard 

Pros: Eli Cox finally got his chance to start in 2021 and did an admirable job. Working as the starting right guard, he displayed good foot quickness/speed to mirror rushers. This is visible when passing off twists and stunts. Cox plays with a good base that maintains his balance once engaged with defenders. His functional athleticism is evident when Cox is asked to pull into space as a lead blocker—screens and outside runs. Also, he does a solid job climbing and reaching second-level defenders. Due to his movement skills, I believe he is best suited for a zone-blocking scheme, but I can see the appeal for a gap offense as well. 

Cons: In vertical run-blocking sequences, Eli Cox struggles with lunging to make contact. Quick interior defensive linemen use this to their advantage to swim or swipe past him on their way to the ball carrier. Cox does not play with impactful power at the point of attack. This leads to inconsistency in sustaining blocks. I do not view his arm’s length or reach as ideal. When he has to play outside and cannot dictate space, he struggles to engage and gain leverage. Powerful and bigger defensive tackles present a challenge for Cox. He is unable to displace them and reset the line of scrimmage. Instead, he can be seen being overwhelmed by their strength. Improving his play strength can help him in this regard.

Eli Cox NFL Draft Scouting Report by Damian Parson