The Dolphins, who poached Brian Flores from New England to be their coach and Chad O’Shea to be their offensive coordinator — want exactly that from Chandler Cox, the Auburn fullback they took in the seventh round Sunday.Chandler Cox has the James Develin feel to him, and I think he will end up being a solid contributor, as well.
The Miami Dolphins also made some really nifty UDFA signings, such as Terrill Hanks, Nik Needham, and Preston Williams. I think those three will all end up making the final roster.
As I said, this isn’t the flashiest draft class in the world. But it was meticulous, well-thought-out, and was done with a purpose. The players were selected for a rebuilding team that needed certain roles filled, and that’s what they achieved. I’m giving the Dolphins a round of applause for what they did during the 2019 Draft.
The Chilton Auburn Club honored former Tiger H-back Chandler Cox during its 53rd annual Unsung Hero banquet on April 30.
The idea behind the Unsung Hero banquet is to honor someone tied to Auburn University who has been an integral member of a group but may not have been highlighted as much as warranted.
Cox was a four-year starter at Auburn from 2015-2018. His roles as both fullback and H-back meant he spent more time blocking for teammates than amassing his own numbers.
Seventh round draft picks are hard to predict when it comes to successful NFL careers but for the Dolphins, the running back situation was needing depth and the 7th round was the perfect place to find that depth.
Clicking on the Miami Dolphins roster you will see that only three runners are listed. Kenyan Drake, Kalen Ballage, and Kenneth Farrow. The two new runners have yet to be signed. There is an obvious depth issue and this is where Myles Gaskin comes in.
The quick runner should have gone much higher in the draft. Some speculated as high as the 5th round. His falling was nothing more than teams lack of need at running back and some minor hiccups in his game. Gaskin tends to jump around too much before hitting the holes but he doesn’t fumble often and is really good creating space once he is through the line.
While not a traditional running back, Chandler Cox will assume the role of fullback. A position the Dolphins have not had in a long time. Cox is a bruising front line blocker who can also pick up the tough yards. Think of Lousaka Polite with a little more polish.The draftnetwork.com said he’s an “economical runner who maximizes what’s available to him. Has great hands working out of the backfield and from the slot; runs a bevy of routes for a running back.” On the flip side, that web site said Laird “has no open-field speed and can be chased down by all 11 defenders. Not particularly effective as a pass protector. Lacks a positive pro projection.”
Though Farrow has the most experience of the three, he hasn’t played in the NFL since 2016, when he averaged 3.2 yards on 60 carries for the Chargers.
Meanwhile, the Dolphins filled their need for a fullback with Auburn’s Chandler Cox. Miami didn’t use one under Adam Gase but will at times in this new offensive system.
“I love the position,” Cox said Saturday. “I know it’s a dying breed but I want to be one of those guys to bring it back because it’s one of those things that teams need a guy that can be physical and do a lot of things and just help the energy of the team. That’s why I love playing it so much.”
At Auburn, Cox ran only 11 times for 18 yards (1.6 per game) with three touchdowns but caught 26 passes for 237 yards (9.1 average) and a touchdown. He also threw two passes as a WildcatDraftanalyst.com said Cox is “explosive at the point, keeps his head on a swivel and always looks for someone to hit. Does enough to get a pad on defenders and disrupt their angles of attack. Stays with assignments, sees the blitz and squares into defenders. Effective pass catcher out of the backfield who snatches the ball away from his frame with his hands and turns it upfield to pick up extra yardage.”