Dallas Cowboys: Grading Jerry Jones’ 2021 draft class

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Jabril Cox, Dallas Cowboys
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817. Scouting Report. Pick Analysis. JabrilCox (115). 4. player. LB. LSU 6'4 233 LBS

I was personally surprised when the Dallas Cowboys decided to draft linebackers. The departure of veteran Sean Lee and questions surrounding the health of Leighton Vander Esch may have been the reason for this, though. So, they drafted a versatile linebacker in Jabril Cox.

Having athletic players has its advantages, especially at linebacker. He has the speed to keep up with most receivers with his 4.54-second 40-yard dash. He has decent explosiveness, but his six-foot-four-inch frame makes up for it.

Cox played three seasons at North Dakota State, leading the team in tackles twice. He also racked up 18 batted passes and six interceptions. He transferred to LSU for the 2020 season, where he racked up 58 tackles, five batted passes, and three interceptions.

He is a solid linebacker to have on passing downs since his speed and coverage skills allow him to keep up with most receivers. Making plays on the ball is an average day for Jabril Cox, and the Cowboys are lucky that he was still on the board.

Grade: A