After one season at LSU, linebacker Jabril Cox has declared for the 2021 NFL Draft.
LSU linebacker Jabril Cox will be leaving Baton Rouge after this season. After one year with the team, Cox will turn his attention to the NFL Draft. Cox will now join a long list of NFL players who will be leaving the program and head to the NFL.
Before coming to LSU, Cox was a star at North Dakota State, helping the Bison win three consecutive FCS national championships from 2017-19. Cox was also an FCS All-American. In one season at LSU, Cox was one of the SEC’s top linebackers and was also a finalist for the Butkus Award. Over his career as a Bison and Tiger, Cox registered 316 tackles, 38.5 tackles for loss and 15 sacks. He also recorded three interceptions while at LSU.
Jabril Cox is one of the top linebackers in the 2021 NFL Draft.
At 6’4″ 231 lbs, Cox is one of the more intimidating prospects in the class and joins a long list of linebackers, including Penn State’s Micah Parsons and North Carolina’s Chazz Surratt, both of whom are expected to hear their names called early.
Given his pedigree as both a champion and has played in a conference known for its physicality, Cox is surely ready to handle the challenges at the pro-level. ESPN’s Mel Kiper Jr. currently has him listed as the No. 4 inside linebacker outside of the two previously mentioned and Missouri’s Nick Bolton.
This likely means that Cox will likely be drafted to a team by the late second round, if not early third round. His traits are best suited for a team that utilizes a 4-3 scheme and relies strictly on the strong presence of their lineside linebacker. Cox has played in two levels of football and has thrived in both, meaning he’s ready for the NFL.