2012 NFL Draft: Scouting Fletcher Cox, Searching for Miami Dolphins' No. 8 Pick

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2012 NFL Draft: Scouting Fletcher Cox, Searching for Miami Dolphins' No. 8 Pick
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Originally, when I started composing NFL draft scouting reports in preparing to identify the Miami Dolphins No. 8 pick on Thursday night, I had six players identified as possibilities for the team's selection.

Those players were Stanford guard David DeCastro, University of North Carolina defensive end/defensive tackle Quinton Coples, wide receiver Malcom Floyd, defensive end/linebacker Melvin Ingram, offensive tackle Riley Reiff and quarterback Ryan Tannehill.

Click on DeCastro, Coples, and Floyd for their scouting reports. In reading the tea leaves, it seems that Reiff's stock has slipped. Ingram at under 6'2" and 275 pounds doesn't appear to be a fit for Miami the more you read about Dolphins' general manager Jeff Ireland and his preference for bigger players on defense, a philosophy held by his mentor Bill Parcells.

Therefore, I have scratched doing scouting reports on these players for now, which probably means one of them will be Miami's pick.

Meanwhile, a "new name" has emerged as a possibility at No. 8, according to Miami Herald columnist Armando Salguero: Mississippi State defensive tackle Fletcher Cox. Given that the Dolphins released defensive lineman Philip Merling today, the theory that Cox could be in play for Miami is gaining momentum.

So, I prepared this scouting report on Cox and then will have the final scouting report on Tannehill available right before the draft.

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