is covering all of the East West Shrine practices this week from St. Petersburg, and will daily provide a player spotlight article.

On Monday we profile former Gators defensive lineman Bryan Cox Jr.

Cox (6-3, 269) is the son of former NFL standout Bryan Cox Sr. who was a Bucs assistant under former coach Greg Schiano and now coaches with the Atlanta Falcons. Cox battled injury issues during his senior season but was very productive when healthy and is looking to show teams he is ready for the next level. As a junior in 2015, Cox tallied 45 tackles on the season, including 10.5 tackles-for-loss and 3.5 sacks with six quarterback hurries and also forcing two fumbles. 

In two days of East West Shrine practices, the former three-star recruit has turned some heads and was pretty popular with the NFL scouts in attendance at Shorecrest Prep. spoke with Cox following Tuesday’s full-padded practice.

What are some of the things you are trying to show the NFL scouts this week?

“To show them I am athletic and can move at 265 pounds, and that I am back healthy. That is one of the things; I didn’t get to finish out the season the way I wanted to. So it is good to show them that I am healthy.”

What are some of the things you would like to improve on this week and before the draft?
“My lower extremity flexibility, my hand placement and footwork. And all of the good technique things.”

Have you talked to many teams yet?
“Yeah (laughs), I have talked to a lot of teams. But I will be happy wherever I land. Any team that takes me.”

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About the Author: Mark Cook

Mark Cook currently is the director of editorial content and Bucs beat writer and has written for since 2011. Cook has followed the Buccaneers since 1977 when he first began watching football with his Dad and is fond of the 1979 Bucs team that came within 10 points of going to a Super Bowl. His favorite Bucs game is still the 1979 divisional playoff win 24-17 over the Eagles. In his spare time Cook enjoys playing guitar, fishing, the beach and family time.Cook is a native of Pinecrest in Eastern Hillsborough County and has written for numerous publications including the Tampa Tribune, In the Field and Ya'll Magazine. Cook can be reached at
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5 years ago

Hey TS,
Is this the son of Bryan cox the guy who played for the Dolphins? If he is as good as his daddy that would be cool.

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4 years ago


4 years ago

This would be a very late round draft pick at best . Just my guess here.

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4 years ago

This draft look deep 1-4 rounds.
First two rounds Bucs can draft for needs, after that BEST players available.
It may be possible to get 4 starting players and 2-3 backups,of course I am always over optimist.