Rapid Reax: Giants draft RB Michael Cox

April, 27, 2013
Michael CoxAP Photo/Tony DingUMass running back Michael Cox was one pick away from being Mr. Irrelevant.
PLAYER: Michael Cox
SCHOOL: Massachusetts

The Giants have had some luck taking a running back in the seventh round (Ahmad Bradshaw in 2007) and they are hoping to hit it big again. They selected Cox with the second-to-last pick of the draft -– their compensatory pick.

THE 411: Cox is a graduate-student transfer who originally was at Michigan. He only played in 15 games at Michigan and rushed for 169 yards on 19 carries. And in 12 games at UMass, Cox rushed for 715 yards and five touchdowns. But the Giants say that while the production is low, they like Cox’s attributes. They brought him in for a visit and believe he is fast for his size and has “excellent” hands according to Marc Ross, Giants director of college scouting.

HOW HE FITS IN: David Wilson and Andre Brown are the top two backs who will share carries and compete to start. But after that, the Giants have Da’Rel Scott and Ryan Torain.

PROJECTED IMPACT: The Giants hope Cox will be able to come in and push Scott and Torain for the third running back spot this season.

WHAT THEY'RE SAYING: “You don’t see a lot of production but if you look closely at this guy, we are excited about him,” general manager Jerry Reese said. “He is big, powerful, elusive guy with speed. He has got a lot of things that we like about him.”
Ohm Youngmisuk has covered the Giants, Jets and the NFL since 2006. Prior to that, he covered the Nets, Knicks and the NBA for nearly a decade. He joined ESPNNewYork.com after working at the New York Daily News for almost 12 years and is a graduate of Michigan State University.
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