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JJ Wilcox, SS

School: Georgia Southern  |  Conference: SOUTH
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: Cairo, GA
Height/Weight: 6-0 / 213 lbs.
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Player Lowdown

Combine Results
40 Yd 20 Yd 10 Yd 225 Bench Vertical jump Broad Shuttle 3-Cone Drill
4.512.561.5517 3510'4"4.097.02
Workout Results
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Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Athletic frame with a thick lower half. Stands out at this level due to his athleticism and proved he deserved to be on the same field with the top prospects in Mobile. Good lateral agility. Surprisingly adept as an open field tackler. Attacks the line of scrimmage when he reads run but while fast to the action, breaks down pretty well, showing enough balance, patience and strength for the effective stop... Showed some instincts and range operating as a single-high safety during Senior Bowl drills. Good leaping ability and body control. Timed his leaps well and has good hand-eye coordination, perhaps due to time on offense. Obvious upside.

WEAKNESSES: Questionable straight-line speed. Looks like a one-speed player who glides with normal acceleration rather than showing the suddenness to run with NFL wideouts. A work in progress regarding his technique, though in all fairness, this is to be expected... Tends to bend at the waist rather than the knees. Attacks the line of scrimmage as a run defender, slipping by most blocks but too often is tied up when he they do get to him. Tools worthy of developing but isn't ready for prime time yet.

Compares To: Atari Bigby, SS, San Diego Chargers

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Player Overview

Having only played one season at strong safety, Wilcox ranks among the more intriguing projections of the 2013 draft for scouts.

The well-built athlete signed with the Eagles as a wide receiver and made the transition to slot back when head coach Jeff Monken brought the option to Georgia Southern. Despite success at each position, Wilcox agreed to make the switch to safety to help out the team.

In his only collegiate season at the position, he finished second on the team with 88 tackles, three passes broken up and two interceptions. The jack-of-all trades also averaged 25.2 yards per kickoff return for the Eagles.

Wilcox's size, athleticism and versatility caught the attention of talent evaluators, including Phil Savage and the Senior Bowl, who brought him to compete against the nation's elite prospects. With a solid performance in Mobile, Wilcox may have put himself in position to be the first GSU athlete drafted since Jacksonville selected another defensive back, David Young, in the sixth round of the 2003 draft.

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12/14/2012 - J.J. Wilcox has played strong safety for one season for Georgia Southern. But that didn't keep him from receiving an invitation to the Senior Bowl. Wilcox was one of 13 players who game officials confirmed on Wednesday has accepted invitations to the Mobile all-star game. "It's a great showcase to be able to show off Georgia Southern to the nation," Wilcox said. "It's a blessing. I was in the right spot at the right time. The coaches put me in a great position, and it's a blessing and a privilege just to be able to play."

Wilcox (6-foot-0, 215 pounds) spent his first three seasons with the Eagles on offense, mainly as a slot receiver. During that time, he rushed 137 times for 964 yards - a nifty 7 yards per carry average - and 13 touchdowns. He caught 45 passes for 898 yards and four scores. But this season, he was switched to the Georgia Southern secondary, where he's made 84 tackles and intercepted two passes. He's also returned kickoffs for an average of 25.5 yards on 30 attempts. - Mark Inabinett, Alabama Live

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