Rookie running back Michael Cox is a player the New York Giants drafted despite a lack of college production. Can he make the team? We look at Cox today as we continue to profile the 90-man roster the Giants will bring to training camp.
2012 Season In Review
After barely playing in three seasons at Michigan, Cox transferred to UMass for his senior season. The Minutemen went 1-11, but the move was a wise one for Cox. He carried 198 times for 715 yards (3.61 per carry) and showed enough despite playing for an over-matched team that the Giants drafted him in the seventh round. When the Giants took him, College Scouting Director Marc Ross called the 6-foot-2, 220-pound Cox "a little biit of an under the radar guy."
"If you look at his stats at UMass, they aren’t that impressive but he gets the ball and there are two guys in the backfield, he’s trying to make everything on his own there," Ross said. "Runs hard, he’s got size, he’s got really, really good hands, excellent hands, got a little burst to him. We had him in for a visit, real good kid. Our coaches were impressed with him so we were happy we’re getting a big, fast guy who runs hard that late in the draft."
David Wilson and Andre Brown are the Giants' top two backs. Cox could threaten Da'Rel Scott and Ryan Torain in a bid for a spot behind those two. If he doesn't make the roster, it would seem likely the Giants would try to pass him through waivers and get him to the practice squad. I think, though, there might be a question about whether or not Cox would go unclaimed if he were placed on waivers.