J. J. Wilcox
|No. 27 Dallas Cowboys|
|Date of birth:||February 14, 1991|
|Place of birth:||Cairo, Georgia|
|Height:||6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)|
|Weight:||212 lb (96 kg)|
|High school:||Cairo (GA)|
|NFL draft:||2013 / Round: 3 / Pick: 80|
|Career highlights and awards|
|Career NFL statistics as of Week 17, 2014|
|Stats at NFL.com|
James Edward Wilcox, Jr. (born February 14, 1991) is an American football safety for the Dallas Cowboys of the National Football League (NFL). He was drafted by the Cowboys in the third round of the 2013 NFL Draft. He played college football at Georgia Southern.
Wilcox was born in Cairo, Georgia. He attended Cairo High School, and played high school football for the Cairo Syrupmakers. He was a first-team all-region and first-team all-area selection at wide receiver, helping the Cairo Syrupmakers win the 2008 state championship. He recorded 22 catches for 400 yards and five touchdowns, and was also a standout on defense, recording 77 tackles, three forced fumbles and one interception his senior year.
Wilcox attended Georgia Southern University, where he played for the Georgia Southern Eagles football team from 2009 to 2012. He started off his career as a wide receiver, before moving to safety as a senior. He started in 13 of Georgia Southern's 14 games, and finished second on the team with 88 tackles, two interceptions and three pass break ups. He also returned 31 kicks for 780 yards and averaged 25.2 yards per kickoff return.
2013 NFL Combine
|Ht||Wt||Arm length||Hand size||40-yd dash||10-yd split||20-yd split||20-ss||3-cone||Vert||Broad||BP|
|6 ft 0 in||213 lb||31 in||9 in||4.57 s||4.09 s||7.02 s||35 in||17 reps|
|All values from NFL Combine|
Wilcox was drafted by the Dallas Cowboys in the third round (80th overall) of the 2013 NFL Draft. Even though coming out of college he had only played safety for one year, the Cowboys were going to name him the starter at free safety on the day that his mother died. The two weeks he took to deal with his personal loss slowed his progress and the team decided to name veteran Will Allen the starter instead. He would eventually pass Allen on the depth chart and start five consecutive games, until suffering a right sprained knee in practice, that forced him to miss 3 games and being replaced by rookie Jeff Heath. He finished the year in a reserve role with 38 tackles.
In the 2014 season, the Cowboys showed confidence in Wilcox by not drafting or signing a free agent safety to compete with him. He would start 16 games and register 74 tackles (fourth on the team), 3 interceptions, 5 passes defensed and a forced fumble. On week 15 he recorded his second interception of the year and a forced fumble that were key in a 35-24 against the divisional rivals Philadelphia Eagles. The next week against the Indianapolis Colts, he intercepted an Andrew Luck pass and returned it 46 yards at the end of the half, which contributed to 42-7 win and put Dallas in the playoffs.