As we grow closer to the 2021 NFL Draft, we will start to analyze the options the Saints have at the picks they have in each round in our Saints’ Draft Prospects.
This pick would likely happen with the New Orleans Saints’ second or third-round pick. That is the No. 98 pick in the draft and Louisiana State’s Jabril Cox is the No. 105 ranked prospect in the 2021 NFL Draft pool. A linebacker that New Orleans could get late.
That might be just what the Saints need.
The linebacker position has been abnormally weak over the last couple of years. The front office made moves acquiring Kwon Alexander from San Francisco in the middle of the year, but he ended up tearing his Achilles tendon.
That could be an injury that could prove fatal to his career with the Saints. He isn’t still worth $13 million per year when they could draft a replacement. In my opinion, New Orleans should release Alexander and draft, within the first three rounds, a linebacker.
Jabril Cox is a senior transfer to the LSU Tigers from North Dakota State University. In 2020, Cox ranked No. 5 in the SEC with three interceptions and No. 9 in interception return yards with 64. He also ranked No. 6 in the NCAA in interception touchdowns.
During his senior season, Cox recorded 37 tackles (6.5 for a loss), 1.0 sack, three interceptions, and one touchdown. Now, remember, because of COVID-19, LSU’s 2020 season only consisted of 10 games in which Cox started all of them.
Jabril Cox is a young, versatile linebacker that can be a force on the defense. The biggest consideration when looking at a linebacker is their complement to the already great linebacker Demario Davis who has wreaked havoc for years in the black and gold.
Coming from a team like LSU, Cox was not the only star, so he should be able to fit right in with Davis and the Saints defense. The front office should be looking to bolster it for another Super Bowl run next year and Cox could be a part of that.