Derek Cox

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Derek Cox
Derek Cox 2013.JPG
Cox in the 2013 NFL season.
No. 37     Minnesota Vikings
Personal information
Date of birth: (1986-09-22) September 22, 1986 (age 27)
Place of birth: Winterville, North Carolina
Height: 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) Weight: 195 lb (88 kg)
Career information
High school: Greenville (NC) Rose
College: William & Mary
NFL Draft: 2009 / Round: 3 / Pick: 73
Debuted in 2009 for the Jacksonville Jaguars
Career history
Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2013
Tackles 241
Sacks 0.0
Pass deflections 39
Interceptions 13
Forced fumbles 1
Stats at

Derek Sinclair Cox (born September 22, 1986) is an American football cornerback for the Minnesota Vikings of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the third round of the 2009 NFL Draft. He played college football at William & Mary.

Cox has also played for the San Diego Chargers.

High school career[edit]

Cox attended Junius H. Rose High School in Greenville, North Carolina. He played with New York Giants running back Andre Brown.[1]

College career[edit]

Cox was a four-year starter for William & Mary. He was a two-time All-Colonial Athletic Association selection and finished his senior season tied for fifth in the CAA with four interceptions and returned a pair of those for touchdowns.[2]

Professional career[edit]

2009 NFL Draft[edit]

Despite not being invited to the NFL Scouting Combine, Cox was selected by the Jaguars in the third round of the 2009 NFL Draft.[3]

Jacksonville Jaguars[edit]

In his first NFL game, Cox intercepted a Peyton Manning pass intended for Reggie Wayne and also recovered a fumble.[4] Cox finished his rookie season with 58 tackles and 4 interceptions.[5]

Cox missed the first two games of the 2012 season due to an injury and returned in Week 3 to face the Indianapolis Colts. Cox finished the 2012 campaign with a career best 60 tackles; he also had 1 FF and 4 interceptions.

San Diego Chargers[edit]

On March 13, 2013 Cox agreed to a four year deal with the San Diego Chargers[6] In week 6, cox intercepted Andrew Luck to help win the game. Cox was benched three times during the regular season due to inconsistent play. He lost his starting job to veteran Richard Marshall in week 13. Cox finished the season on special teams and managed career-lows, 38 tackles and only 1 interception. He was released on March 4, 2014.[7]

Minnesota Vikings[edit]

On March 13, 2014, Cox signed a one-year contract with the Minnesota Vikings.[8]

NFL awards and honors[edit]

  • Athlon Sports All-Rookie Team (2009)[9]
  • Ourlads Scouting All-Rookie Team (2009)[10]
  • 2010 Pro Bowl Alternate


  1. ^ "National Football League: NFL Draft 2009 - Derek Cox". Retrieved 2013-10-08. 
  2. ^ Barnes, Sierra (2013-09-30). "William & Mary - News & Events". Retrieved 2013-10-08. 
  3. ^ "NFL Draft - -". 2008-06-11. Retrieved 2013-10-08. 
  4. ^ Kuharsky, Paul. "Rookie surprise: Jaguars CB Derek Cox - AFC South Blog - ESPN". Retrieved 2013-10-08. 
  5. ^ "Derek Cox, CB for the San Diego Chargers at". 1986-09-22. Retrieved 2013-10-08. 
  6. ^ Chargers agree to four-year deal with CB Derek Cox
  7. ^ Gehlken, Michael. "Chargers release Derek Cox". Retrieved 4 March 2014. 
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  9. ^ [1][dead link]
  10. ^ "Ourlads' 2010 All Rookie Team". Retrieved 2013-10-08. 

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