Fletcher Cox, Defensive Tackle, Mississippi State 2012 NFL Draft Scouting Report

This is the official scouting report page for Mississippi State defensive tackle Fletcher Cox, who has declared his intent to enter the 2012 NFL Draft. Be sure to check out all of the other scouting reports here at NFL Mocks.


6’4″ 298 pounds, 34.5 inch long arms, 10 3/8 inch hands

4.79 forty yard dash, 30 bench press reps, 26 inch vertical jump, 103 inch broad jump, 7.07 3 cone drill, 4.53 20 yard shuttle

Projected Round: 1

Scouting Report

Emerging player really coming on as a junior. He has really good size and could play in a 3-4 or 4-3 scheme. Similar size to that of Nick Fairley the former Auburn defensive tackle who took the country by storm in 2010. I don’t think he is quite as good of a prospect, but he has been named the Defensive Lineman of the Week in the SEC four times this season, which is a pretty high honor. He has very good athletic ability and a lot of upside going to the next level. I would like to see him get better leverage on opposing offensive linemen and make more sacks or plays behind the line, even though he has excelled in that area this season. Still very raw in his overall abilities. Relies a lot on his athletic ability, which won’t fly in the NFL. He needs to have better technique to be able to handle NFL offensive linemen. Does a good job of using his upper body strength to move linemen. He can line up both inside and outside, though he is more effective collapsing the pocket from the inside, it appears.

PROS: Size potential, athletic ability, strength, upside, makes plays behind the line, pass rush upside

CONS: Raw, at times doesn’t get great leverage, will tend to over-run some plays

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