Big 12: Joe Haden

OSU's Cox turning heads at Senior Bowl

January, 28, 2010
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Oklahoma State cornerback Perrish Cox needed a big week of work at Senior Bowl practice to help convince NFL scouts that he could become a viable top draft pick.

Cox is doing all of that and more in early practices for the South team as he prepares for Saturday's game in Mobile, Ala.

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Julianne Varacchi/ESPN.comPerrish Cox, left, was able to get his hands on the ball on multiple occasions on Wednesday.
Two interceptions on back-to-back plays in Wednesday's workout punctuated a huge day of work for Cox that has NFL talent evaluators raving about his work.

Here's what ESPN.com's evaluators from Scouts Inc. had to say about the 6-foot, 192-pounder's work this week:

"Cox did a nice job staying low in his backpedal and opening his hips during individual work. That allowed him to make interceptions on back-to-back plays during the team period. On the first play Cox stuck in UAB WR Joe Webb's back pocket, anticipating the route and making a nice catch in traffic. On the second he got good depth in his drop and read the eyes of college teammate Zac Robinson before closing on the ball quickly and snatching it out of the air. Cox looked smooth in and out of his cuts all day, showing fluidity and exploding out of his pedal when breaking on the ball."

Cox was one of the nation's most underrated players this past season. He tended to be forgotten when draftniks raved about players like Florida's Joe Haden and Florida State's Patrick Robinson at his position.

And his exposure was further limited when he was suspended before the Cowboys' game against Mississippi in the Cotton Bowl. If Cox had produced a big game against the Rebels, it might have given him a wider audience heading into the draft.

But as it is, a strong finish at the Senior Bowl and strong work at the NFL combine still could push Cox into the latter part of the first round.

Berry beats Thomas for Jim Thorpe Award

December, 10, 2009
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Eric Berry of Tennessee claimed the Jim Thorpe Award, beating out a group of defensive back finalists that also included Earl Thomas of Texas and Joe Haden of Florida.

Berry, a 2008 Jim Thorpe finalist, is the fourth winner of the award from the Southeastern Conference.

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