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Ex-hoops player Mo Alie-Cox not draft eligible, can sign at any time

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Former Virginia Commonwealth basketball player Mo Alie-Cox is trying to make it in the NFL as a tight end, and he just got some good news: He’s not draft eligible.

The NFL has confirmed that Alie-Cox would have had to be drafted last year if he was going to be drafted, and is now considered a free agent who can sign at any time, before or after the draft.

That’s good news for Alie-Cox, as it gives him more flexibility to find the team that he thinks will do the best job of developing him into an NFL player, rather than having to go to a team that drafts him.

The 6-foot-7, 250-pound Alie-Cox averaged 9.5 points and 4.2 rebounds for Virginia Commonwealth last year but is not considered an NBA prospect. Cowboys tight end Jason Witten spotted Alie-Cox at a VCU basketball game and told him he has the right athletic makeup to be an NFL tight end, and Alie-Cox decided to give it a shot.

Alie-Cox has a workout scheduled for next week at which he’ll do the typical Combine workouts, tight end drills and then any other drills that teams ask of him, even at other positions if that’s what they prefer.

A handful of tight ends have made it to the NFL after playing only basketball, not football, in college, including Antonio Gates, Darren Fells, Demetrius Harris and Rico Gathers. Alie-Cox, who hasn’t played football since his freshman year of high school, may be the next.

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17 Responses to “Ex-hoops player Mo Alie-Cox not draft eligible, can sign at any time”
  1. urfinished says: Apr 5, 2017 11:13 AM

    This guy is a bruiser. If the straight line speed is there, he is absolutely worth a flyer.

  2. ricko1112 says: Apr 5, 2017 11:25 AM

    Other than Gates, not a very impressive list. People who can do 2 different sports are rare.

    Bo Jackson was impressive in the NFL and MLB. Sanders wasn’t good at baseball. Jordan? Nope.

    Tebow can’t play either.

    Good luck to this guy. Hope you make it.

  3. whatjusthapped says: Apr 5, 2017 11:30 AM

    The Vikings wasted a draft pick on a German WR that had all the measurables but virtually no real football experience and look how that turned out (he was cut)

    What is even more mystifying is why the Vikings cut him for not having a football background when so many of their other players share that as evidenced by their 3-8 finish.

  4. Marc in Bakersfield says: Apr 5, 2017 11:31 AM

    He should go to the Saints. Brees has worked with Gates and Graham. Fleener has the hands of a defensive tackle subbing in on gadget plays so there would be the opportunity to start eventually.

  5. rogoceo says: Apr 5, 2017 11:52 AM

    Be a nice fit in Pittsburgh. Ben likes big targets, and he could have time to develop there.

  6. p31squared says: Apr 5, 2017 12:01 PM

    Colts. Marcus Pollard, who had a very good career, and Eric Swoope, who’s about to.

  7. beavertonsteve says: Apr 5, 2017 12:11 PM

    This is probably good news for me as well. If I was going to be drafted it would have had to have been in 1995.

  8. metalup666 says: Apr 5, 2017 12:16 PM

    “Sanders wasn’t good at baseball. ”

    Sanders wasn’t GREAT at baseball, but he was pretty good. He did play nine years in the majors.

    Batting average .263
    Hits 558
    Home runs 39
    Stolen bases 186

  9. corkspop says: Apr 5, 2017 12:24 PM

    I think rick01112 is correct except in the comment about Tebow. Seems I remember him quarterbacking a playoff game victory…….

  10. proudchowdahead13 says: Apr 5, 2017 12:40 PM

    Can he take a NFL hit?

  11. proudchowdahead13 says: Apr 5, 2017 12:43 PM

    Can he block? can he take NFL hits? Football is much more physical than college basketball!

  12. granadafan says: Apr 5, 2017 12:46 PM

    Tony Gonzalez was a very good college basketball player as well at CAL playing with Jason Kidd. He said his first love was basketball but knew his future was in football. Smart decision.

  13. factschecker says: Apr 5, 2017 12:49 PM

    While Tony Gonzalez did play college football he was quite the basketball player for Cal too. He on the team with Jason Kidd so the basketball team was on national TV more than the Cal football team. Heck of a PF.

  14. Slow Joe (Bucs fan) says: Apr 5, 2017 12:58 PM

    Whoever said Deion “wasn’t good at baseball” must have never seen him play. He was good in the outfield and an absolute terror on the bases. The most dynamic leadoff hitter in the game when he played. He just never committed to baseball in his prime.

    A few baseball GMs said if he had committed to baseball, he’d be in Cooperstown.

  15. twinfan24 says: Apr 5, 2017 1:02 PM

    whatjusthapped says:
    Apr 5, 2017 11:30 AM

    The Vikings wasted a draft pick on a German WR that had all the measurables but virtually no real football experience and look how that turned out (he was cut)
    It was just a 6th round pick, so most of them don’t pan out. And, he went on the practice squad, which was the original intent all along. He may or may not turn into something, but most 6th round picks don’t turn into anything, so what was the harm?

    Sorry that the Vikings, or their fans, make you so insecure that you need to try to tear them down.

  16. abninf says: Apr 5, 2017 1:39 PM

    He’ll go to the Cowboys.

  17. bobthebillsfan says: Apr 5, 2017 3:36 PM

    I would try to hook on with the Patriots. No one does more with the tight end postilion than BB.

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