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Bucs take BYU cornerback Chris Wilcox in seventh round of NFL draft

The 6-foot-2 Cougars star ran the 40-yard dash in 4.31 seconds at the school’s pro day.
Published May 1
Updated May 2

The Bucs like big cornerbacks, and they found one in the seventh round by drafting BYU’s Chris Wilcox.

The 6-foot-2, 198-pounder started 26 of the 41 games he played for the Cougars. He wowed scouts at the BYU pro day by running the 40-yard dash in 4.31 seconds.

The Bucs certainly prefer to draft tall, rangy cornerbacks such as Carlton Davis (6-1), Jamel Dean (6-1) and Sean Murphy-Bunting (6-0).

“I like to play press man. I think that’s my favorite,” said Wilcox, who was selected No. 251 overall. “Just get up in the receiver’s face and put your hands on them. This is ball. Me and you, and who is going to win?

“I’m a tall, fast corner and I can hit as well. I’m very physical. I can shed blocks, shut down one side of the field as far as if someone is trying to run to our side, I can shut that down.”

However, Wilcox knows he needs to improve on his ball skills. In four seasons at BYU, he failed to record an interception.

“I think I’m going to get better as far as ball production goes. I know that, for sure,” Wilcox said. “That’s one area I’m focusing on.”

Bucs general manager Jason Licht said Wilcox is similar to some of the Bucs cornerbacks.

“We liked him as a corner because of his length,” Licht said. “And his speed. He fits the profile of the guys we have here. Our guys have long arms and can run. He’s going to fit right in with them and learn from them and hopefully develop into a good player.”

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