Name: Fletcher Cox
Born: December 13, 1990 in Yazoo City, Mississipi
Height/Weight: 6’4” / 298lbs
College: Mississipi State College
Position: Defensive Tackle
High School Football: Yazoo City High School
Senior Year Statistics
- 104 TKL
- 10 SK
- 1 FR
- 1 INT
Fletcher Cox is one of the best defensive linemen in college these days, and he’s just what NFL teams need to match with the 3-4 Defensive scheme – he is tall, athletic and can easily provide pressure from the outside. Even more impressive was his decision to turn down the offers of top-schools like LSU, Auburn and Alabama – instead going to Mississippi State. A good player in college, but lets see what his strength and weaknesses tell us about him in the NFL!
- good quickness off the snap
- attacks gaps
- easily slips by interior linemen
- very good bull rush
- agility to collapse the pocket
- quick hands
- penetrates the gaps
- easily finds the football
- slips off blocks to tackle the ballcarrier while he’s passing by
- physically strong
- wrap-up and drag-down tackler
- exclusively uses the bull rush
- doesn’t have explosiveness and flexibility to turn the corner
- lacks speed to chase down ballcarriers
- not a hard-hitter (only two forced fumbles in three years of play)
Cox is an intense football player who tries to stay at 100% all the time. His pass rush is effective, but can still be improved. He shows a very good bull rush, and from time to time shows that he can do the swim move, but needs to
start using it more. Also, Fletcher Cox has the ability to find the football on the field. You hardly find him confused on the field or just holding a block because he doesn’t know where to go.
His best fit is most likely going to be the 3-4 Defense as mentioned above. He’s tall and athletic and could probably also line up as Defensive End in the NFL. Pass rush technique needs work, but he delivers a good package.
Projected to be a mid First Round Draft Pick.