VCU basketball player free to sign with NFL teams now as tight end

SALT LAKE CITY, UT - MARCH 16: Jock Landale
SALT LAKE CITY, UT - MARCH 16: Jock Landale /

Mo Alie-Cox is turning heads of NFL scouts with his basketball talent and is now free to sign with any team without waiting for the NFL Draft.

The Kansas City Chiefs are just one of 30 teams who have shown some level of interest in Mo Alie-Cox. The VCU basketball player recent wrapped his collegiate career in his primary sport, but NFL teams have witnessed the transformation from basketball player to tight end enough to know a good potential prospect when they see it. Alie-Cox might indeed be the next Jimmy Graham.

As Alie-Cox went through the traditional pro day or Combine drills, 30 NFL teams had at least one representative looking on to form their own opinions. After that, Alie-Cox also has several teams inviting him in for private workouts, including the Chiefs, New York Jets and Indianapolis Colts.

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Alie Cox, who stands 6-7, 250 lbs., averaged 9.5 points and 4 rebounds per game this year for the VCU Rams. He hasn’t played football since high school, but if the instincts are there and the projection looks good for a particular team, it wouldn’t surprise anyone to see him sign. The Chiefs have enjoyed plenty of success in years past in helping transition players into the tight end position as franchise icon Tony Gonzalez played college basketball alongside football at Cal.

Even more, Alie-Cox’s situation sounds a lot like Demetrius Harris. Harris played football and basketball heading into college, but failed to qualify academically for football at Arkansas State. Instead, Harris played at basketball only in college at both a community college and University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. It was then that the Chiefs, Baltimore Ravens and others showed an interest in trying him out as a football player again.

Because Alie-Cox doesn’t qualify for the NFL draft, he is now free to sign like any other free agent. If a team likes him enough during a visit, expect them to make it tough for him to get out of the building and on to the next team.