2012 NFL Draft Capsule: DT Fletcher Cox

2012 NFL Draft Capsule: DT Fletcher Cox
April 21, 2012, 3:30 am
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Fletcher Cox (DT), Mississippi State
6-4 295 lbs.

2011 Stats:
56 tackles, 14.5 TFL, 5 sacks, FF

Projection:
Mid first round

Strengths:
Possesses an athletic looking frame with a long set of arms and has the frame to get even bigger. The more space he's in the better off he is because he can use his athleticism to shed blockers. Cox is at his best stopping plays before they start by knifing his way into the backfield and fighting his way through contact. He can cross the face of defenders inside and use his length to keep himself clean. (National Football Post)

Weaknesses:
He doesn't do a great job sitting into his stance off the football. Gets a bit upright off the ball in the run game and too often allows defenders to get under his pad level and create a push inside. He isn't over instinctive as well when asked to find the football and takes himself out of his fair share of plays. Also, his power on his bull rush is negated because he stands upright into contact, looking to simply lower his head at the point and doesn't keep his legs under him. (National Football Post)

Fit for the Bears:
The question surrounding Cox is: Will he be a defensive end or defensive tackle in the NFL? If the Bears see him as an end, he could be someone they snatch up if he falls to No. 19. Being nearly 300 lbs, Cox generated buzz at the NFL Combine and wowed scouts with his athleticism. Chicago is desperately seeking a pash-rushing end and their first round selection could come down to either Cox, Whitney Mercilus or Quinton Coples.