|Fletcher Cox Scouting Report
|Fletcher Cox - Mississippi State (HT: 6-4 - WT: 298)
Positives -- Good quickness off the snap, explosive defensive lineman, creates a good push at the line of scrimmage, does a good job disrupting the offense, creates a lot of pressure and spends a lot of time in the backfield; first step gives him the ability to slip through contact and knife through gaps to
quickly work his way into the backfield... Gets some push on the bull rush and can beat linemen with good inside moves, gets good pop on his hand punch, natural power and length and very good upper body strength... Extends his arms and uses his hands well to disengage in one-on-one situations, violent player who can knock linemen off balance, establishes leverage and can penetrate the line of scrimmage... Plays with good balance, seldom on the ground, solid lateral mobility and does a reasonably good job redirecting, can beat running backs to the spot on wide running plays... Good vision, locates the football, slips blocks very well, does a solid job in the stack and shed game; is more of a drag-down tackler than a wrap-up and drive through tackler... Plays with a lot of physicality and energy and has a mean streak, hustles to make plays in pursuit... Has used his long arms to block five field goals in his career, including two in each of the past two seasons... A three-year starter for Mississippi State with the versatility to play inside in a 4-3 or defensive end in a 3-4, best fit would be as a 5-technique in a 3-man front... Very intriguing combination of size, athleticism and power, has a lot of upside and is just scratching the surface of his potential, his 4.79-40 and 7.07 in the three-cone drill at the combine were the fastest among defensive tackles.
Negatives -- A bit of an inconsistent get-off, can be a step late at times... Not a natural pass rusher from the outside, lacks the flexibility to dip his shoulder around the corner and can't consistently threaten the edge... Slightly undersized to play inside at the next level, would need to add close to 10 pounds to be considered full time on the interior, but has the frame to add some additional weight... Doesn't always get off blocks when engaged, needs to improve functional strength and play with better leverage to take on double teams in the NFL, high pad level can negate his strength, can be washed out of plays when he gets too upright, loses strength and becomes a non-factor versus the run... Was suspended, along with four others, for the 2011 season opener vs. Memphis for an undisclosed violation of team rules.
At Mississippi State -- (Official School Bio) 2010: Started 11 games and played in 12 during his sophomore campaign... Posted 29 tackles on the season, with 6.5 coming behind the line of scrimmage... Also credited with 2.5 sacks and four quarterback hurries... Blocked a pair of kicks, bringing his career total to three. 2009: Played in all 12 games during his true freshman season... Earned Freshman All-Southeastern Conference honors from the league's coaches... Started four times on the year... Posted 29 total tackles with 3.5 coming behind the line of scrimmage... Began career with two tackle for loss game against Jackson State... Also posted first career sack against the Tigers... Recorded career-high five tackles in Week 2 against Auburn... Earned first start against Middle Tennessee... Credited with four tackles with 1.5 for loss against the Blue Raiders... Also posted four stops against Florida and Arkansas. High School: Rated the No. 5 weak side defensive end in the country by national recruiting web site Rivals.com... That site credits him with the second-fastest first step among all defensive ends and a 4.47 time in the 40-yard dash... Rivals moved him among its top 100 players overall in the country in its final post-season ranking... He is also considered the No. 2 prospect in the state of Mississippi by Rivals, the top defensive player on the chart... Considered the No. 17 defensive end prospect in the country by national recruiting web site Scout.com... Listed No. 31 on Super Prep Magazine's ranking of the top defensive linemen in the country in its post-season All-America issue... Named first-team, all-state on the defensive line by the Jackson Clarion-Ledger newspaper for all classifications... Ranked No. 4 on the Clarion-Ledger's list of the 10 most wanted high school prospects in the state of Mississippi, the top defensive lineman on the list... Also selected to that newspaper's Dandy Dozen list, symbolic of being one of the top 12 high school players in Mississippi... Made 104 total tackles during his senior season, including 10 quarterback sacks... Also had one pass interception and a fumble recovery.