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Cox Gets Third-Degree From Ravens

Oklahoma State Perrish Cox’s character issues have him bordering on a 2nd-round status.

Posted by Mike Duffy on Sunday, February 28th, 2010 at 1:18 pm | Categories: 2010 NFL Combine, Mike Duffy

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Oklahoma State cornerback Perrish Cox could be a first-round talent, but character issues may have him bordering on a second-round status.

The 6-foot, 190-pound Cox was suspended for the Cotton Bowl when he missed curfew by 30 minutes to meet his girlfriend. And according to the former Cowboy, the Ravens let him know it.

“That’s one of the things they harassed me with,” Cox said of a formal interview with the Ravens. “It was tough, but I’m used to it. That’s something I shouldn’t have done. I shouldn’t have left in the first place.”

Other teams are chiming in, too.

“Half of them give me a hard time about it,” Cox continued. “But I listen to what they have to say, because I know they’re telling me what to do right.

“They tell me, ‘If you come, would you be able to help us out,’ but in a tough way. I know it’s to see how I react to it. I don’t get angry, I have to accept the punishment. It was a bad choice on my part. I couldn’t get back in time. I learned from it, and it won’t happen again.”

But Cox’s abilities cannot be denied.

He ended his career in Stillwater, Okla., as a second-team AP All-American, Thorpe Award semifinalist and the Big 12’s all-time leader in kick return yardage.

Cox honed his skills while matching up against OSU teammate Dez Bryant. Cox totaled four interceptions and 15 pass breakups last year.

In addition, he boasts six career return touchdowns on special teams.

“I’m physical and I bring excitement,” said Cox. “There are a lot of things that I bring, but you’ll have to wait and see. I won’t tell you.”

Multiple reports have noted how Cox seemingly took a leadership role last year, but the suspension hurt his standing. A solid performance at the Senior Bowl put him back in the first-round conversation.

With Lardarius Webb and Fabian Washington both recovering from torn ACLs, the Ravens could look to a cornerback with their 25th-overall selection.

For Cox to get there, the tape tells part of the story. At the Combine, he is telling the rest of it.

“It was only a 15-minute interview, so I’m guessing they had more to say, but we didn’t have time to get everything as far as me explaining things,” Cox said of his Ravens meeting. “It was a great interview. They all are. They just wanted to see what I can bring to the table and how I can help the team.”

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