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Derek Cox
Cox in 2013
No. 21, 22, 37     
Personal information
Date of birth: (1986-09-22) September 22, 1986 (age 34)
Place of birth: Winterville, North Carolina
Career information
College: William & Mary
NFL Draft: 2009 / Round: 3 / Pick: 73
No regular season or postseason appearances
Career history
*Jacksonville Jaguars ( 2009 2012)
Career highlights and awards
  • N/A
Total tackles     241
Forced fumbles     1
Fumble recoveries     1
Pass deflections     39
Interceptions     13
Stats at

Derek Sinclair Cox (born September 22, 1986) is a former American football cornerback. He was drafted by the Jacksonville Jaguars in the third round of the 2009 NFL Draft. He played college football at William & Mary.

Cox has also played for the San Diego Chargers, Minnesota Vikings, Baltimore Ravens, and the New England Patriots.

High school career

Cox attended Junius H. Rose High School in Greenville, North Carolina. He played with Houston Texans running back Andre Brown.[1]

College career

Cox was a four-year starter for William & Mary. He was a two-time All-Colonial Athletic Association selection and finished his senior season tied for fifth in the CAA with four interceptions and returned a pair of those for touchdowns.[2]

Professional career

2009 NFL Draft

Despite not being invited to the NFL Scouting Combine, Cox was selected by the Jaguars in the third round of the 2009 NFL Draft.[3]

Jacksonville Jaguars

File:Derek Cox.jpg

2009 with the Jacksonville Jaguars.

In his first NFL game, Cox intercepted a Peyton Manning pass intended for Reggie Wayne and also recovered a fumble.[4] Cox finished his rookie season with 58 tackles and 4 interceptions.[5]

Cox missed the first two games of the 2012 season due to an injury and returned in Week 3 to face the Indianapolis Colts. Cox finished the 2012 campaign with a career best 60 tackles; he also had 1 FF and 4 interceptions.

San Diego Chargers

On March 13, 2013 Cox agreed to a four-year deal with the San Diego Chargers[6] In week 6, Cox intercepted Andrew Luck to help win the game. Cox was benched three times during the regular season due to inconsistent play. He lost his starting job to veteran Richard Marshall in week 13. Cox finished the season on special teams and managed career-lows, 38 tackles and only 1 interception. He was released on March 4, 2014.[7]

Minnesota Vikings

On March 13, 2014, Cox signed a one-year contract with the Minnesota Vikings.[8] He was cut after the third preseason game, on August 25, 2014.[9]

Baltimore Ravens

On August 27, 2014, Cox signed a one-year contract with the Baltimore Ravens.[10] He was released three days later.[11] Cox did not play in the 2014 season.

New England Patriots

On June 8, 2015, Cox was signed by the New England Patriots; the team released him on August 1, 2015.[12][13]

NFL awards and honors

  • Athlon Sports All-Rookie Team (2009)[14]
  • Ourlads Scouting All-Rookie Team (2009)[15]
  • 2010 Pro Bowl Alternate


  1. "National Football League: NFL Draft 2009 - Derek Cox". Retrieved October 8, 2013.
  2. Barnes, Sierra (September 30, 2013). "William & Mary - News & Events". Retrieved October 8, 2013.
  3. "NFL Draft - -". June 11, 2008. Retrieved October 8, 2013.
  4. Kuharsky, Paul. "Rookie surprise: Jaguars CB Derek Cox - AFC South Blog - ESPN". Retrieved October 8, 2013.
  5. "Derek Cox, CB for the San Diego Chargers at". September 22, 1986. Retrieved October 8, 2013.
  6. Chargers agree to four-year deal with CB Derek Cox
  7. Gehlken, Michael. "Chargers release Derek Cox". Retrieved March 4, 2014.
  8. "Archived copy".
  11. "Ravens cut veteran CB Derek Cox". August 6, 2014. Retrieved September 15, 2014.
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  15. "Ourlads' 2010 All Rookie Team". Retrieved October 8, 2013.

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