by Berry Tramel Published: March 1, 2010
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photo - Perrish Cox , left, didn't do himself any favors at the Cotton Bowl with his late nights, and he didn't do himself any favors at the NFL Combines by accusing teams of
Perrish Cox , left, didn't do himself any favors at the Cotton Bowl with his late nights, and he didn't do himself any favors at the NFL Combines by accusing teams of "harassing" him on the issue. Photo by Bryan Terry, The Oklahoman
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okie contracts fall dramatically after the first round.

Combine interviews aren’t designed for players to talk teams into taking a chance on a high-risk high pick. They’re designed for the teams to figure out whether they want to mess with the player in any round.

"That’s one of the main things they harass with me,” Cox said. "It’s kind of tough. It was a mistake. Something I did wrong. I shouldn’t have left in the first place. I’ve gotten used to it. I kind of knew that was going to happen.”

What does he tell teams?

"I tell them straight up, it was my fault. I shouldn’t have left. I take all the blame. Coach did what he had to do. I had to accept it. If I wouldn’t have left, it wouldn’t have happened.”

Cox delivers his words with charm. He’s got a friendly smile and a good personality. Many an NFL coach or executive would be drawn to Cox if not for his rap sheet. But given his history, Cox’s attitude will turn off teams.

Compare Cox to Dez Bryant, who lost most of his 2009 season for lying to NCAA investigators. Bryant didn’t duck any questions at the Combine, but his eyes didn’t dance and his face rarely found a smile. He answered yes, sir and no, sir and seemed to be quietly pleading for a second chance.

NFL teams are going to like Bryant’s attitude much more than they like Cox’s.

And Cox knows it. "Really ain’t convincing them any,” he said. "I tell ‘em straight up ... it was a stupid mistake. I learned from it, it won’t happen again. I don’t want to get suspended again, get harassed like I’ve been getting harassed. It’s something I’ve learned from. It’s done, I can’t get it back. Just move on.”

Move on, and move down. Down, down, down in the NFL Draft.

Berry Tramel: 405-760-8080; Berry Tramel can be heard Monday through Friday from 4:40-5:20 p.m. on The Sports Animal radio network, including AM-640 and FM-98.1.

by Berry Tramel
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Berry Tramel, a lifelong Oklahoman, sports fan and newspaper reader, joined The Oklahoman in 1991 and has served as beat writer, assistant sports editor, sports editor and columnist. Tramel grew up reading four daily newspapers — The Oklahoman,...
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