Among the rookie prospects the Vikings have shown significant interest in as they prepare for the NFL Draft is Georgia Tech fullback Mike Cox, pictured above leading the way for running back Tashard Choice (Photo: Doug Benc/Getty Images).
Cox reportedly measured a height of 6-foot-1/4 and a weight of 253 pounds at his recent Pro Day workout in Atlanta. He ran a 40-yard dash in 4.85 seconds, the 20-yard shuttle in 4.40 seconds and the 60-yard shuttle in 12.30 seconds. He also posted a 30-inch vertical jump and a 9’-0” broad jump.
Those are hardly eye-popping numbers, but quite frankly a fullback in the Vikings' West Coast Offense isn’t necessarily known for his workout numbers.
The fullback first and foremost needs to be a proficient lead blocker in the running game, leading the way for Adrian Peterson and Chester Taylor. His ability to catch the ball is next on the list of things you’d like him be able to do. Lastly, if he can pick up a few tough yards inside occasionally, that’s fine too.
Cox won’t keep offensive coordinators awake at night as a running threat from scrimmage, but he is a very effective lead blocker in the running game and also possesses excellent hands as a pass receiver.
He is considered a terrific blocker, in fact, and despite his unassuming physical stature, he is surprisingly athletic, showing soft hands and even an ability to effectively throw an option pass occasionally. He’s also considered a very tough competitor who adjusts nicely attacking linebackers at the second level.
Cox will not be an early-round draft pick, but he could be a safe, solid choice later the process and a player who could be very difficult to let go once he gets on the practice field.
The surprisingly athletic Cox was often razzed in college as being a bit of a freak of nature for his ability to catch the ball and even throw a tight spiral. The story stems from the fact that he grew up on a piece of prime Susquehanna Riverfront property in Lewisberry, Pa. Cox used to fish in the shadow of the river’s famous landmark, the Three Mile Island nuclear power plant.
“He is probably a much better athlete than anybody knew about,” former Georgia Tech coach Chan Gailey once said. “He's a very talented run, jump, change direction, throw and catch type of player in a 6-foot-1, 255-pound body.”
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