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2015 NFL DRAFT

Fletcher Cox, DT

School: Mississippi State  |  Conference: SEC
College Experience: Junior  |  Hometown: Yazoo City, MS
Height/Weight: 6-4 / 298 lbs.
Projected Ranking
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711
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04/29/2012 - A closer look at the Eagles' picks: Round 1/12 - Fletcher Cox, DT, 6-4, 294, Mississippi State...Cox, the top-rated defensive tackle in the draft, was one of the players the Eagles had targeted heading into the draft. But they didn't think he would slide far enough for them to get him. - The Sports Xchange

04/29/2012 - For all their defensive flaws last season, the Eagles did one thing better than any other team in the league - rush the passer. They led the league with 50 sacks, and they took a giant step toward improving on that number Thursday when they selected Mississippi State defensive tackle Fletcher Cox. The Eagles traded up from the 15th spot in the first round to the 12th and grabbed Cox, who was regarded as the top-rated defensive tackle in the draft by NFLDraftScout.com. The 6-4, 294-pounder ran a 4.79-second 40-yard dash and a 1.63 10-yard split at the combine in February, unheard of for someone his size. He gives Eagles defensive line coach Jim Washburn a player with the versatility and athleticism to play both inside or outside in all of his packages. "When God made him, he made him to be in this system right here," Washburn said, referring to the wide-nine his front four plays. "He's a good one and I'm excited about him. I'm not going to coach forever, and if this is my last big-time project here, this would be fun." - The Sports Xchange

04/29/2012 - The Eagles continued their offseason focus on defense in the draft, using their first three picks and four of their first five on defensive players. Their first-round pick, defensive tackle Fletcher Cox, and their second-round pick, linebacker Mychal Kendricks, both are expected to be Day 1 contributors. Cox is a freakishly athletic 294-pounder with 4.7 speed who can play inside and outside. He should flourish as a pass-rusher in defensive line coach Jim Washburn's wide-9. Kendricks, who ran a 4.47 forty at the combine, likely will be the team's season-opening SAM linebacker. The Eagles are bullish on his ability to cover tight ends. BEST PICK: Defensive tackle Fletcher Cox: The Eagles led the league in sacks last season with 50. They figure to be an even bigger pass-rushing force this season with a difference-maker like Cox inside. - The Sports Xchange

04/29/2012 - The fact that the Eagles even were able to get their hands on Cox was a bit of a surprise. He was one of the players they had targeted in the first round going into the draft, but they didn't think he would slip far enough for them to trade up and get him. "We had ourselves honed in on what we were willing to spend (to trade up), and so we weren't going to get quite as elaborate as some did," head coach Andy Reid said of a first round that featured eight draft-day trades. "We had other people there that we also liked if this didn't work out." When the Carolina Panthers opted for Boston College linebacker Luke Kuechly over Cox with the ninth pick, though, Reid realized it probably was going to work out. Buffalo took South Carolina cornerback Stephon Gilmore with the 10th pick, and the Chiefs, who play a 3-4 defense, opted for 345-pound nose tackle Dontari Poe with the 11th pick, which opened the door for the Eagles to swap places with Seattle and get Cox. The Eagles gave up fourth- and sixth-round picks to move up the three spots. "I think with the veteran leadership that we have inside (with tackles Cullen Jenkins and Mike Patterson), I think that's going to be a positive," Reid said. "And the way Wash rotates his line with both ends and tackles, I think that's a positive. He's going to be asked to play four or five plays in a row and then come out. He has the speed and athletic ability to play outside if needed. He gives us a little flexibility." - The Sports Xchange

04/27/2012 - 2012 NFL DRAFT: PICK-BY-PICK ANALYSIS: 12. Philadelphia Eagles (draft-day trade with Seattle, The Eagles acquired the 12th overall pick from the Seahawks in exchange for the No. 15 selection, a fourth-round picks (114) and a sixth-rounder (172).): DT Fletcher Cox, Mississippi State -- Cox runs like a tight end but has defensive end size, the kind of penetrating one-gap tackle coach Andy Reid covets between speed edge rushers Jason Babin and Trent Cole. - Jeff Reynolds, The Sports Xchange

04/27/2012 - For all their defensive flaws last season, the Eagles did one thing better than any other team in the league - rush the passer. They led the league with 50 sacks, and they took a giant step toward improving on that number Thursday when they selected Mississippi State defensive tackle Fletcher Cox. The Eagles traded up from the 15th spot in the first round to the 12th and grabbed Cox, who was regarded as the top-rated defensive tackle in the draft by NFLDraftScout.com. The 6-4, 294-pounder ran a 4.79-second 40-yard dash and a 1.63 10-yard split at the combine in February, unheard of for someone his size. He gives Eagles defensive line coach Jim Washburn a player with the versatility and athleticism to play both inside or outside in all of his packages. "When God made him, he made him to be in this system right here," Washburn said, referring to the wide-nine his front four plays. "He's a good one and I'm excited about him. I'm not going to coach forever, and if this is my last big-time project here, this would be fun." The fact that the Eagles even were able to get their hands on Cox was a bit of a surprise. He was one of the players they had targeted in the first round going into the draft, but they didn't think he would slip far enough for them to trade up and get him. "We had ourselves honed in on what we were willing to spend (to trade up), and so we weren't going to get quite as elaborate as some did," head coach Andy Reid said of a first round that featured eight draft-day trades. "We had other people there that we also liked if this didn't work out." - The Sports Xchange

04/27/2012 - When the Carolina Panthers opted for Boston College linebacker Luke Kuechly over Cox with the ninth pick, though, Reid realized it probably was going to work out. Buffalo took South Carolina cornerback Stephon Gilmore with the 10th pick, and the Chiefs, who play a 3-4 defense, opted for 345-pound nose tackle Dontari Poe with the 11th pick, which opened the door for the Eagles to swap places with Seattle and get Cox. The Eagles gave up fourth- and sixth-round picks to move up the three spots. "I think with the veteran leadership that we have inside (with tackles Cullen Jenkins and Mike Patterson), I think that's going to be a positive," Reid said. "And the way Wash rotates his line with both ends and tackles, I think that's a positive. He's going to be asked to play four or five plays in a row and then come out. He has the speed and athletic ability to play outside if needed. He gives us a little flexibility." - The Sports Xchange

04/26/2012 - The last time the Chicago Bears got major production from a first-round draft pick was in Lovie Smith's first season, when they grabbed defensive tackle Tommie Harris. The Bears could be aiming for a tackle again Thursday night, but it likely would take a major trade to get him. According to an NFL source, the club put Mississippi State's Fletcher Cox through a private workout. Whether the Bears went to that length thinking, at the time, Cox could fall to them at No. 19 is not known. At this point, nearly all analysts are projecting Cox to be the first defensive lineman selected, perhaps as early as No. 6 overall to the St. Louis Rams. General manager Phil Emery would have to come up with a substantial package to move into the middle of the top 10 in an effort to draft Cox or another highly touted prospect. Cox is considered a high-character locker room guy and has a clean injury history, having played in 36 games over the past three seasons at Mississippi State. That was one of the reasons Harris fell to the Bears in '04 when Emery was still a scout on Jerry Angelo's staff. Harris had knee issues and they eventually led to the end of his career with the Bears. Had he been healthy, there is no way he would have fallen in the Bears' lap. Cox made 56 tackles last season for the Bulldogs and had 14 1/2 tackles for loss and five sacks. - Brad Biggs, The Chicago Tribune

04/26/2012 - ROB RANG'S TOP 50 PLAYERS OF THE 2012 NFL DRAFT: 8. Fletcher Cox, DT, Mississippi State*: Cox didn't earn nearly the media attention for his spectacular Combine workout as Memphis' Dontari Poe but unlike the Tigers' star, the strength (30 repetitions of 225 pounds) and athleticism (4.79 seconds in the 40-yard dash) Cox showed in Indianapolis consistently shows up on tape. He's my top-rated defense tackle because of his scheme-versatility and the fact that he's the best pass-rusher of this year's top defensive tackles. - Rob Rang, NFLDraftScout.com

04/23/2012 - Cox is used to making people stare in disbelief at his speed relative to his size. The Mississippi native was a member of his high school's 400-meter relay team, sometimes running the anchor leg at 240 pounds for a unit that made it one step short of the state championship meet. "Yeah, a lot of people were just looking at me. Once I got the baton, they were surprised," Cox said. "In the offseason we do cone drills (at Mississippi State), and I like to compete against linebackers and safeties. I know if I can keep up with them, then I'm pretty good." Cox has a fast motor, and it's long-running, too. At a position where the perception that players take plays off runs rampant, Cox just keeps running. "One thing we always stressed at Miss State is, ???Always go as hard as you can, and don't stop until the whistle blows,' " Cox said. "I love playing the game. It's about enjoying what you love to do every day, going out to practice and just having fun." In addition to his ability to disrupt an offensive line's best laid plans, Cox also excelled on special teams, blocking four kicks in college. "Blocking a kick changes the whole momentum of the game. You get the whole team going," Cox said. "It started in practice. "I blocked a lot of kicks in practice, and Coach always told me it would carry over into the game." - Bryan Strickland, Panthers.com

04/12/2012 - Mississippi State's Fletcher Cox seems to have inched ahead of Dontari Poe of Memphis, Michael Brockers of LSU, and Michigan State's Jerel Worthy among the defensive tackles on a lot of draft boards. Cox appears to be more a 4-3 tackle, but there are a couple 3-4 teams that play their nose tackles in unconventional ways who feel Cox might be a decent fit - Len Pasquarelli, The Sports Xchange

03/13/2012 - NFL DRAFT SCOUT TOP DOWN DEFENSIVE LINEMEN: *Fletcher Cox, DT, Mississippi State, 6-4, 298, 1...Cox is naturally big, plays bigger and is expected to grow even more in size and ability. A third-year junior, Cox was the only player from Mississippi State to be named All-SEC first team after he collected 56 tackles and five sacks last season. He works hard from kickoff until the final whistle, setting a pace for teammates and wearing down opponents. He showed very good explosion in combine testing. The light-footed Cox played both defense end and defensive tackle and his versatility will be an asset in the NFL, where scouts think he is similar to San Diego's Corey Liuget, an 18th overall pick out of Illinois last year. Cox was one of five Bulldogs suspended for the 2011 opener against Memphis for breaking team rules, but he returned to the field with vengeance and earned praise from his coaches. - Frank Cooney, The Sports Xchange

02/23/2012 - NFL DRAFT SCOUT PRE-COMBINE TOP 64: 21. *Fletcher Cox, DT, Mississippi State, 6-4, 295, 1...Cox is naturally big, plays bigger and is expected grow even more in size and ability. A third-year junior, Cox was the only player from Mississippi State to be named to All-SEC first team after he collected 56 tackles and five sacks last season. He works hard from kickoff until the final whistle, setting a pace for teammates and wearing down opponents. Cox played both defense end and defensive tackle and his versatility will be an asset in the NFL, where scouts think he is similar to San Diego's Corey Luiget, an 18th overall pick out of Illinois last year. Cox was one of five Bulldogs suspended for the 2011 season opener against Memphis for breaking team rules, but he returned to the field with a vengeance and earned praise from his coaches. - Frank Cooney - The Sports Xchange, NFL Draft Scout

01/04/2012 - Cox, projected by the NFL Draft Advisory Committee as a second-round selection, said it was a "tough decision" to leave the school after the most productive season of his three-year career in Starkville. "I wanted to be one of the great defensive linemen in the SEC and that's what I did," said Cox, who finished with 14 1/2 tackles for loss, including five sacks, and two blocked field goals in 2011. Cox is a border-line first-round selection, though he projects to be a second-rounder by the committee. - Brandon Marcello, The Jackson Clarion Ledger

01/03/2012 - Mississippi State junior defensive lineman Fletcher Cox will forgo his senior season and enter the National Football League draft, the Yazoo City native announced on Tuesday. "This is a chance for me to do what I've always dreamed of, play in the NFL," Cox said. "I appreciate everything Mississippi State has done for me to help me get to this point. The coaches, fans, staff and everyone there have been amazing during my three years in Starkville." Cox finished the season with 56 total tackles, including 14.5 tackles for loss and five sacks. He was named Southeastern Conference Defensive Lineman of the Week four times on the season, and was a named first-team all-SEC by the Associated Press. "Our goal is to develop young men to put them in a position to achieve their goals," head coach Dan Mullen said. "Fletcher bought in to our program and matured during his time here. I've always said that we'll support our players in their efforts to reach their dreams, and Fletcher has a chance to reach his. We wish him nothing but the best and look forward to him representing Mississippi State on Sundays." Cox finishes his career with 114 total tackles, 24.5 tackles for loss and 8.5 sacks. He played in 36 games, starting 27. He also blocked five kicks during his career at Mississippi State, including a field goal in the Bulldogs' 23-17 victory over Wake Forest in the Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl last week. - Mississippi State football

01/03/2012 - Mississippi State defensive tackle Fletcher Cox and Rutgers wide receiver Mohamed Sanu announced they will declare for the 2012 NFL Draft. Cox is the No. 3-ranked defensive tackle prospect eligible for the 2012 draft and the No. 16-ranked overall prospect by NFLDraftScout.com. He is also No. 22 on Rob Rang's Big Board. "God works in many ways," Cox told the New York Times. "He answered my prayer and I knew deep down in my heart it was time for me to go." The 6-4, 295-pound first-team All-SEC pick is a third-year junior who racked up 5.0 sacks and 14.5 tackles for loss in 2011. He has experience playing inside and outside for the Bulldogs, and possesses excellent size, strength and athleticism to be a fit in any NFL scheme. Cox is considered anywhere from a mid-first to early-second round pick. - NFLDraftScout.com

12/07/2011 - 2011 ALL-SEC FOOTBALL SECOND TEAM (COACHES): DL - Fletcher Cox, Mississippi State, has been selected All-SEC Conference Second Team for the 2011 college football season as voted upon by the SEC head coaches. Cox was named SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week four times during the regular season, becoming the first player in school history to earn an SEC Weekly Honor following three-straight games. The All-American candidate started all 11 games he appeared in, totaling 49 tackles, 12.5 tackles for loss, 4.0 sacks, three quarterback hurries, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and one blocked field goal. Cox finished the season with the most tackles for loss by any SEC defensive tackle, while also recording the second-most sacks by any interior lineman in the SEC. - Mississippi State football

12/07/2011 - 2011 ASSOCIATED PRESS ALL-SEC FOOTBALL FIRST TEAM: DT - Fletcher Cox, Mississippi State, Jr., has been selected All-SEC Conference First Team for the 2011 college football season as voted on by The Associated Press. Cox was named SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week four times during the regular season, becoming the first player in school history to earn an SEC Weekly Honor following three-straight games. The All-American candidate started all 11 games he appeared in, totaling 49 tackles, 12.5 tackles for loss, 4.0 sacks, three quarterback hurries, one forced fumble, one fumble recovery and one blocked field goal. Cox finished the season with the most tackles for loss by any SEC defensive tackle, while also recording the second-most sacks by any interior lineman in the SEC. - Mississippi State football

10/31/2011 - WEEK 9 SEC DEFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE WEEK: Fletcher Cox, Defensive Tackle, Mississippi State, posted a career-best seven tackles with 3.5 tackles for loss and a pair of sacks in Mississippi State's 28-16 win at Kentucky...In the first quarter alone, Cox was credited with four tackles, three tackles for loss and a pair of sacks as the Bulldog defense held Kentucky to a total of 12 yards on their final two possessions of the quarter...Cox first TFL came on 2-and-1, pushing Kentucky back and forcing a punt on the first possession. Cox then posted back-to-back sacks to force another Kentucky punt...This is Cox' third SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week honor, all within the last four weeks. - SEC football

10/17/2011 - WEEK 7 SEC DEFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE WEEK: Fletcher Cox, Defensive Tackle, Mississippi State: Cox posted a career-best 4.0 tackles for loss and a pair of sacks in Mississippi State's 14-12 loss to South Carolina...He was credited with six total tackles, second most in his career behind only the previous weekend's 7 total stops (vs. UAB)...Cox led a Bulldog defensive front that held USC to a season-low 110 yards on 43 rushing attempts and the SEC's leading rusher Marcus Lattimore to 39 yards on 17 attempts...Cox's 4.0 tackles for loss are the most by a Bulldog this season and the second most in the SEC this season. - SEC football

10/10/2011 - WEEK 6 SEC DEFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE WEEK: Fletcher Cox, Defensive Tackle, Mississippi State: Cox posted a career-high seven total tackles, including five solo stops, in Mississippi State's 21-3 victory over UAB. He was a presence in the UAB offensive backfield for most of the game, credited with five quarterback pressures. Mississippi State held the Blazers to 145 rushing yards on 35 carries with only one rush for more than 20 yards. Cox leads a defensive front that has not allowed a touchdown in its last six quarters - a total of 20 opponent possessions. - SEC football

09/15/2011 - DT Fletcher Cox, the Bulldogs' All-SEC defensive lineman, played at Auburn after serving a one-game suspension in the opener. - The Sports Xchange

09/07/2011 - SCOUTING THE DEFENSE: State gave up a few too many yards to Memphis freshman QB Taylor Reed, but otherwise had a good game in the rout of the Tigers. The Auburn Tigers, though, will have a few more weapons. Linebacker play appears to be solidifying, and the strength of the defense is in an experienced secondary and a stout front. The Bulldogs should have the services of All-SEC DT Fletcher Cox, who served a one-game suspension last week. - The Sports Xchange

09/01/2011 - Mississippi State has suspended five players for its season opener against Memphis, including starting defensive tackle Fletcher Cox and third-string quarterback Dylan Favre. Mississippi State released a list of the suspended players two hours before the game. The other three are offensive tackle Blaine Clausell, linebacker Chris Hughes and receiver Malcolm Johnson. Team spokesman Joe Galbraith said the suspensions were for a "variety of violations of team rules." All are expected to be suspended just one game. The 20th-ranked Bulldogs are nationally ranked in the preseason for the first time since 2001. Cox, a 6-foot-4, 295-pound junior, was a preseason All-Southeastern Conference selection by the league's coaches. - AP Sports

08/30/2011 - BREAKOUT STAR: DT Fletcher Cox - The junior isn't a newcomer to the scene in the SEC; coaches and media have voted him to a handful of all-SEC lists. But he hasn't been a star, at least not yet. Cox will need to emerge as a leader on State's defensive front this year and has the playmaking ability and charisma to do that. - The Sports Xchange

08/28/2011 - Mississippi State's Fletcher Cox and Josh Boyd never had the luxury of many freshmen, spending time on the sidelines while learning from older, more experienced players. Instead, the defensive tackles contributed immediately when they arrived two seasons ago. Defensive tackle isn't the ideal place to insert true freshmen. The line of scrimmage in the Southeastern Conference is inhabited by men - many of whom are over 300 pounds and possess a nasty streak. Not surprisingly, Cox and Boyd had some rough days as the Bulldogs stumbled to a 5-7 record. But during the process, the two became good friends, learning from each other because there weren't many older players to provide mentoring. "When you've got two young guys, playing as early as they did in the SEC, they needed somebody to hold onto at night," defensive coordinator Chris Wilson said, laughing. Now the juniors are expected to anchor Mississippi State's defense as the program enters a season with expectations not seen in Starkville in a decade. The Bulldogs are ranked No. 20 and could be a surprise team to contend in a loaded SEC Western Division that has four other ranked teams in Alabama, Auburn, Arkansas and LSU. Mississippi State opens on the road against Memphis at the Liberty Bowl on Thursday night. - AP Sports

07/19/2011 - 2011 SEC PRESEASON ALL-SEC SECOND TEAM (COACHES): DL Fletcher Cox, Mississippi State, Jr., has been selected All-SEC Football Preseason Second Team for the 2011 college football season as selected by the SEC head football coaches. - SEC football

07/11/2011 - 2011 BRONKO NAGURSKI TROPHY PRESEASON WATCH LIST: Fletcher Cox, Mississippi State, DE, has been selected one of 87 players named to Preseason Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List for the 2011 college football season. The Bronko Nagurski Trophy is awarded annually to the nation's best defensive player by the Football Writers Association of America and the Charlotte Touchdown Club. - Football Writers Association of America

 
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04/29/2012 - A closer look at the Eagles' picks: Round 1/12 - Fletcher Cox, DT, 6-4, 294, Mississippi State...Cox, the top-rated defensive tackle in the draft, was one of the players the Eagles had targeted heading into the draft. But they didn't think he would slide far enough for them to get him. - The Sports Xchange

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