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Vikings UDFA Profile: Rakim Cox DE Villanova

Capsule profiles of the Vikings’ UDFA pick ups for 2014.

Rakim Cox/DE/VIllanova

6-4/260

Pro Day Results

40 YD: 4.93

Bench: 20

Vertical: 34 1/2

Broad: 9-8

Shuttle: 4.41

3-Cone: 7.14

From Villanova Bio: Earned preseason first team All-CAA honors … Expected to be a play maker for the Wildcat defense … Excellent pass rusher with good football instincts.

From Big C Pro Football Scouting Report: Cox may have been an underachiever his first two seasons at Villanova. But Defensive Coordinator Roc Bellantoni saw something in him and knew he had what it took to play at the next level.  According to Bellantoni, he had a sit-down conversation with the player during that time and talked about commitment to changing his body and working as hard as he could.

Bellantoni said Cox did everything asked of him in order to get better. He dropped 15 pounds and got faster, stronger in the weight room and made himself into an NFL player.

Cox received high praise from his former coach, which speaks volume about his character and will go a long way with teams during the evaluation process.

 

 

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