“I’m the only one in my family to get drafted and that’s something I always wanted and I kind of used them as motivation,” Cox said of his father and older brother Dakota Cox, who played at New Mexico, where he earned FWAA Freshman All-American honors in 2013. Dakota Cox tore his ACL in 2014, but still received an invite to the Minnesota Vikings rookie mini-camp in 2017.
“They’ve been there … I wanted to get there and I worked so hard to get to this point and I just want to keep going,” Chandler Cox said.
Cox said he had a good feeling about the Dolphins after several pre-draft meetings with the organization.
“That’s why I texted [Studesville] and asked him because through this whole process they had been very interested and gave me an idea of what they wanted to do with the fullback and with myself,” Cox said. “I kinda knew they wanted to get me somehow or some way and I just didn’t know how that was going to be, but that’s why I was just super excited to get the call from them because that’s where I wanted to be.
Griffin King can’t recall exactly how many times he has gotten his hair cut over the past two years. Most people don’t keep count of such things. It’s definitely at least 20. Possibly as many as 100, he said, though that seems like a lot.
What he does know, though, is that Chandler Cox has given him all but one of those haircuts. The one outlier came before the 2018 Peach Bowl in Atlanta, when a local barber was brought to the team hotel. Even Cox took advantage of that opportunity.
And on a beautiful, sunny, Wednesday afternoon eight days before the start of the NFL draft, King is ready for another — a fade up the sides and back, and a little off the top.
Cox asks only as a courtesy, or maybe just habit — King is a regular at Big Cox Cuts and Cars, the business Auburn’s four-year starter at H-back officially launched after his college football career came to an end in December.Chandler Cox is headed back to the Sunshine State.
The former Auburn H-back and native of Apopka, Fla., was selected in the seventh round by the Miami Dolphins on the final day of the 2019 NFL Draft. The Dolphins picked Cox with the 233rd overall selection in the draft, using the 19th pick in the final round on the H-back.
Cox was a four-year starter at H-back for Auburn, where he was utilized at times out of the backfield as a ball-carrier and receiver but primarily as a blocker. During his four years on the Plains, Cox finished with 26 receptions for 237 yards and a touchdown while adding 37 carries for 255 yards and four touchdowns.As a high school recruit, Chandler Cox knew his options were somewhat limited. But that had nothing to do with talent and everything to do with the position he played.
You see, in the age of the spread offense, the need for fullbacks had diminished. Many colleges stopped using them.
In doing his research, Cox, the No. 2-ranked fullback in the industry generated 247Sports Composite, zeroed in on Auburn, which not only still lined up with a fullback but made them an important aspect in the offense. In fact, during the Tigers’ run to the BCS National Championship game, Jay Prosch had been a valuable piece for Auburn coach and coordinator Gus Malzahn.
“That was a huge factor in my decision,” Cox said. “I knew that Jay had such a big impact in the offense. He was gone after 2013 and I had a full year to get recruited. I knew I could be the next Jay in that offense. It was a big name to live up to. He was a great player. I just tried my best to fit into the offense.”
Cox signed with Auburn in 2015. During the next four years he played in 52 games with 41 career starts. He carried the ball just 11 times, but caught 26 passes for 237 yards. He played fullback, h-back, tight end and even wildcat quarterback at times.
Chandler Cox is one of the higher-rated blocking backs coming out for the NFL Draft this season, due to his prowess paving the road and his ability to make catches out of the backfield. Over the course of his four seasons on the Plains, Cox snagged 26 passes for 237 yards and a touchdown. He figured into the offense more in that role than as a ball-carrier, as his primary job on running plays was to open the holes for Kerryon Johnson and Kam Pettway. He only carried the ball 11 times for 18 yards and 3 touchdowns in his four years, but Auburn’s rushing offense relied heavily on his ability to take on large defenders at the point of attack.
Now, as he heads into the NFL, he’ll have an opportunity to either block for backs in that traditional sense, or provide protection for a quarterback in a pass-first offense.