Fletcher Cox

Eagles prepared to trade up

It seems like everyone wants to trade down this year, but the Philadelphia Eagles are one of the few looking to move up in the draft. The Eagles are reportedly very high on both Mark Barron and Fletcher Cox, and neither player figures to be on the board at No. 15.

Not only are the Eagles interested in moving up, but they also have more than enough ammunition to make it happen. With two 2nd round picks, the Eagles could easily climb into the top 10. They may view the Jaguars as a desirable trade partner in an effort to jump ahead of the Panthers.

The Eagles clearly believe they are a player or two away from being legitimate contenders, which could force them to part with a nice package of picks in order to move up to get their guy.

Posted on by Ryan McCrystal in 2012 NFL Draft 1 Comment

Fletcher Cox scouting report

Fletcher Cox DT Mississippi State #94
Ht: 6’4″
Wt: 295
Prototypical size and athleticism for a penetrating three-technique tackle. Quick off the snap. Does a nice job keeping his eyes in the backfield and making adjustments. Has the speed to make plays in pursuit. Plays with a motor that never quits. Extremely active hands, and keeps his legs driving at all times. Has experience lining up at various spots on the line; has played tackle in a 4-3, and also end in 3-4 sets. Used at nose tackle on occasion. Also has some experience dropping into zone coverage. Dominant on special teams; three career blocked kicks. Three year starter.
Tends to be overaggressive at times; somewhat one-dimensional as a pass rusher, leaving him susceptible at the point of attack against the run. Does not have an array of pass rush moves; relies almost exclusively on the bull rush. Suspended for one game in 2011 for violating team rules.
It’s tough to find players with Cox’s size and athleticism, which will make him a highly sought after prospect. He lacks the strength and discipline to be consistently effective against the run, but in today’s world of pass-first offenses, more and more teams are allowing at least one of their defensive tackles to almost exclusively pin their ears back and get after the quarterback on every snap. In a 4-3 defense, Cox could fill a role similar to Ndamukong Suh’s in Detroit. He also has the physical tools necessary to shift outside to end in a 3-4 scheme.
2011 vs Wake Forest 
Posted on by Ryan McCrystal in Scouting Reports - 2012 Comments Off