"I like everything about Byerson Cockrell," said Pelini. "We have played him at nickel and at corner and I think he has really picked up things well," Pelini said. "He competes, he is fast, he can change direction, he is fast and he is physical and plays with an attitude. I like what he does for us. He's going to help us."
While at the moment he's working the cornerback position, Cockrell has the versatility to play NICKEL.
"I think Cockrell can help us in a number of ways," said Pelini. "Right now we are playing him outside because Charles (Jackson) is doing a really good job at the NICKEL spot. I feel really good about how that is working out right now."
In 2013, Cockrell recorded 33 tackles, three interceptions, four pass breakups, three tackles for loss and two sacks for East Mississippi. The Lions won the 2013 NJCAA National Championship.