Meet Fletcher Cox
Who: Fletcher Cox
Who: Fletcher Cox
What: Eagles' first-round pick, 12th overall
Born: Dec. 13, 1990 (age 21)
Hometown: Yazoo City, Miss.
College: Mississippi State
Position: Defensive Tackle
Size: 6-4/298 pounds
High school career: Rated as one the top 100 players in the country by Rivals.com in 2008, Cox was also considered the second-best defensive player in the state of Mississippi his senior year. Cox ran a 4.47 40-yard dash in high school and also was on the sprint team at Yazoo City High.
Mississippi St. career: Cox is the first defensive lineman chosen from the school in the first round since Glen Collins was selected 26th by Cincinnati in 1982. He led the team last season as a junior with 14.5 tackles for loss and five sacks. Cox was also part of a Bulldogs defense that allowed less than 20 points per game. Suffered an ankle injury that slowed his progress during his sophomore year but not before he posted 29 tackles and 2.5 sacks. He also blocked a pair of kicks as a sophomore, bringing his career total to three. Played in all 12 games as a true freshman in 2009 and earned All-SEC honors.
At the combine: Cox ran the 40-yard dash in 4.79 and muscled 30 reps on the bench press at 225 pounds.
What they say: According to scouts, Cox is extremely fast off the ball and gets into the backfield quickly. He has good hands and moves his hips well. However, they also say Cox does get muscled around when faced with a double team, something he still needs to work on, and he tries to rely too much on his athleticism when working against the run. NFL.com said Cox could be a "high-risk, high-reward player" as a rookie.
Out the Yazoo: A small town known as the "Gateway to the Mississippi," Yazoo City, Miss. only has a population of 14,550 people. Devastated by tornado in 2010, Yazoo City is also referenced as the lone non-New Jersey site that makes toxic waste in the United States in the 1989 movie "Fletch Lives," played by Chevy Chase's character - Irwin M. Fletcher.