2012 NFL Draft Scouting Report: Fletcher Cox, DT, Mississippi State

by Cory J. Bonini on March 8, 2012 @ 16:26:27 PDT

 


Mississippi State defensive tackle Fletcher Cox offers versatility and upside to potential suitors in the 2012 NFL Draft. He racked up 56 tackles and 5.0 sacks in 11 contests last season.

Fletcher Cox, DT, Mississippi State
Potential for greatness

Strengths

  • Tremendous upside - seems to be just scratching the surface of his potential
  • Room to add bulk to an already large frame (6-foot-4, 298 pounds)
  • Quick off the line - nice initial burst and disruptive up the middle
  • Disengages well from blockers
  • Strong hands
  • Shows lateral mobility and plays with balance
  • Has a bit of a mean streak
  • Quality blend of athleticism, size, speed and power
  • Versatility - can play 4-3 defensive tackle or 3-4 end
  • Large wingspan (34 1/2 inches)
  • Knows how to get skinny as he attacks gaps
  • Quick to locate the ball and diagnose the play
  • Excellent special teams player - four blocked kicks while at Mississippi State

Weaknesses

  • Suspended for the season opener in 2011 for violating team rules
  • Struggles maintaining leverage - tends to play with too high of a pad level
  • Regularly taken out of plays by double-teams
  • An average tackler

Expected draft placement

Considering his youth (turns 22 in December), scheme flexibility and sheer potential, Cox should be tough to pass up in the first round. 

The Denver Broncos (No. 25), New England Patriots (No. 27, No. 31) and Green Bay Packers (No. 28) are first-round options for Cox.

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About Cory J. Bonini

Cory is KFFL's General Manager. In late 2002, he joined the KFFL staff as a research analyst and has been involved in fantasy sports since 1996. A member of the Fantasy Sports Trade Association, as well as Fantasy Sports Writers Association, Bonini has been featured in print, on radio and on scores of websites. Bonini co-hosted Big Lead Sports on SiriusXM Fantasy Sports Radio from 2011 to 2012.

Bonini was recognized with the 2010 Best Article in Print Award from the FSWA and was a finalist for the same award in 2011. In '11, he finished first overall in the FSWA NFL experts challenge that featured 60 of the industry's best competitors.

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