A bit of an unknown prospect heading into the 2011 season, Fletcher Cox did his best to put his name on the map with uncanny upper-body strength and the quickness to be a penetrator from the middle of the defensive line.
Cox has the size and build to move around on the defensive line, showing he could play at defensive end or defensive tackle and succeed.
Cox's best attribute is his quickness. He's able to split the gap and pressure the quarterback with a deadly first step and the strength to take on blockers.
Cox should be viewed as an elite prospect in either a 4-3 or 3-4 scheme, as his strength at the point of attack make it possible for him to line up in a head-up position over the tackle (5-technique), or in a three-technique between the guard and center.
Cox will have to prove that his lack of production at Mississippi State isn't indicative of an inability to close the gap on the ball, but we see a player with remarkable ability and a huge upside.
Pick Analysis: The Eagles invested a lot of money in this defense in last year's free agency. Now, the team has a difference maker up front who can help that talent earn their paychecks.
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