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Fletcher Cox

Fletcher Cox - #94 - DT-DE

Height: 6-4
Weight: 298
Speed: 4.81
Arm: 34 1/2
Hand: 10 3/8
Wingspan: 80 1/4
Birthdate: 12/13/1990
Hometown: Yazoo City, MS
Grade: 6.80

PROSPECT MEASURABLES

Event Ht Wt Hand Arm Wing Wonderlic 40 yard BP BJ VJ 20s 60s 3 Cn
03/08/2012 Mississippi State Pro Day 6-3 3/4 299 9'0" 26
02/29/2012 Combine 6-4 298 10 3/8 34 1/2 80 1/4 4.81 30 8'7" 26 4.55 7.07
03/15/2011 Junior Pro Day 6-4 295 4.80

 

Notes:

Native Mississippian. Saw action in all 12 games as a true freshman in ’09, making three starts at defensive tackle and one at defensive end, while recording 29 tackles, 3 1⁄2 tackles for loss and one sack and a blocked kick against Houston. In ’10, he started 11 of the 12 games in which he played (all but Auburn) and managed 29-6 1⁄2-2 1⁄2 with one forced fumble and two blocked kicks. Did not play against Alcorn State (sprained ankle). Led the team in tackles for loss and sacks and produced 56-14 1⁄2-5 with one forced fumble and two blocked kicks in 12 starts in ’11. Suspended for the season opener against Memphis (academics).

Positives:

Intriguing size-speed ratio, length and growth potential. Rare movement skill for his size — clocked a 40-time as low as 4.77 seconds and a 3-cone time of 7.07 seconds — both tops among defensive tackles at the Combine. Has very long arms and large hands. Outstanding base strength. Good balance. Coordinates active hands and energetic feet. Can play in gaps and work the edges. Outquicks reach blocks, rips under and disrupts the backfield. Very athletic — easy movement skills and impressive agility and change of direction for a big man. Spins off blocks. Able to adjust and redirect. Ranges outside the box. Reacts to screens. Heavy wrap tackler. Versatile — can slide along the line. Just scratching the surface and is loaded with upside. Flashed the ability to dominate against SEC competition. Improved film study and work habits.

Negatives:

Average explosion (26-inch vertical jump). Can do a better job shooting his hands and gaining extension. Can play with more consistent leverage. Has to improve hand use and counters. Is still developing positional nuance, honing instincts and learning to feel blocking pressure. Occasionally loafs in pursuit. Inconsistent get-off. Only one season of high-quality performance.

Summary:

Strong, long, quick, athletic, powerful disruptive force who really came on late as a junior and possesses the position and scheme versatility to warrant top-10 consideration. Has comparable athletic ability to Minnesota Vikings 2003 No. 9 overall pick Kevin Williams, but is even stronger and quickly could emerge as a Pro Bowl performer in a “30” or “40” front. 


Fletcher Cox's Draft Stock

PFW Grade Scale
GradeRound
7.01-9.00Top 10
6.01-7.001
6.001-2
5.61-5.992
5.602-3
5.41-5.593
5.403-4
5.31-5.394
5.304-5
5.21-5.295
5.205-6
5.16-5.196
5.156-7
5.11-5.147
5.107-PFA
4.75-5.09PFA
4.00-4.74FA

*PFW Grade indicates the value PFW assigned to prospects.

*Draft Projection indicates where players are more likely to be drafted and reflects the consensus opinion from the NFL scouting community.


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