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Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Revisiting Pats-Jags trade

By Mike Reiss

With the Patriots facing the Jaguars on Sunday, it is topical to revisit a trade made between the teams during this year's NFL draft.

The Patriots sent a 2009 third-round draft choice to the Jaguars for a 2010 second-round pick and a 2009 seventh-rounder.

The Jaguars selected cornerback Derek Cox out of William & Mary. The Patriots stashed the '10 second-rounder in the bank and selected Julian Edelman with the 2009 seventh-rounder.

Jaguars coach Jack Del Rio was asked Tuesday on a conference call to revisit the trade, in addition to how Cox (6-foot-1, 190 pounds) has performed.

"He's had a good year for us," Del Rio said. "We've had 10 rookies who have been active on game days and contribute and he's one of the guys who falls in that category. He's been solid, played all year, been very dependable. He is a bright, young guy that works hard every day. ...  He just happened to be from a smaller school and wasn't as highly touted. I give credit to [general manager] Gene Smith, who did a good job sticking to his guns in what he believed and having the courage to pull the trigger and make the deal and acquire a player who has been able to help us all year."

ANALYSIS: This looks like a deal that helped both teams, although it can't fully be analyzed until the Patriots make the pick in 2010. Edelman has been one of the surprise performers for the Patriots this season, and the 2010 second-round pick is a nice chip. Meanwhile, Cox has started all 14 games for the Jaguars and is growing on the job (three interceptions). He has good size for a corner and is the type of hard worker that Smith, the first-year general manager, wants in the Jaguars' locker room. A big part of this season for the Jaguars has been filling the locker room with as many high-character, high-talent, hard workers as possible, and it looks like they've hit with Cox.