Florida’s Bryan Cox, Jr. to sign free-agent deal with Philadelphia Eagles

Bryan Cox #94 and Jarrad Davis #40 of the Florida Gators try to recover a fumble as Sam Loy of the Vanderbilt Commodores rolls on the turf after dropping a snap during the second half at Vanderbilt Stadium on October 1, 2016 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)

BRYAN COX, JR.
FLORIDA
6-foot-3, 265 pounds, DE

Bryan Cox, Jr. is set to sign a free-agent deal with the Philadelphia Eagles on Saturday after going unpicked in the 2017 NFL Draft.

Bio:

Cox, the son of three-time Pro Bowler, former Dolphin and Super Bowl champion (New England Patriots, 2001) Bryan Cox Sr., had an up-and-down career with the Gators. Cox started for the first time as a redshirt sophomore in 2014, then had hip surgery after the season. Hand and ankle injuries limited him to 11 games (five starts) last year. Over 43 career games, the Fort Lauderdale-St. Thomas Aquinas product recorded 98 tackles, 10 sacks and three forced fumbles.

Scouting report:

Strong and quick off the line, Cox has experience playing standing up and with a hand down. He embraces physical play, finishes his tackles and seems to have inherited his father’s relentless style. He does not possess great lateral quickness, and his average athleticism could limit when and where he’s able to play at the next level. NFL.com notes his ultimate calling might be that of an “interior rusher on third downs.”

NFL Combine results:

40-yard-dash: 4.89 seconds
20-yard shuffle: 4.46 seconds
3-cone-drill: 7.36 seconds
Vertical jump: 26.5 inches
Standing long jump: 9 feet, 1 inch
225-pound bench press: 16 reps

Quote of note:

“You can tell his dad is a coach. He understands the business aspect of playing sports. He’s mature and he’s a student of the game.” — UF Defensive Line Coach Chris Rumph

Career highlights:

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Florida tight end DeAndre Goolsby (30) runs past the East Carolina defense including nose tackle Mike Myers (92), and defensive back Terrell Richardson (22) for a touchdown on a 32-yard pass play during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015, in Gainesville, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)
Florida tight end DeAndre Goolsby (30) runs past the East Carolina defense including nose tackle Mike Myers (92), and defensive back Terrell Richardson (22) for a touchdown on a 32-yard pass play during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Saturday, Sept. 12, 2015, in Gainesville, Fla. (AP Photo/John Raoux)

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Florida Gators 2016 spring practice preview: Defensive line

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