The good times keep on coming for Fletcher Cox. Cox wrapped up a strong performance at the NFL scouting combine this past week, putting him in position for a high draft selection.By TAYLOR MITCHELL
This past week NFL hopefuls from across the country descended upon Indianapolis for a chance to show they have what it takes to be selected in next April’s draft. One of those trying to impress NFL scouts, coaches, general managers and owners was Yazoo City’s own Fletcher Cox.
And impress is exactly what Cox, who announced late last year he’d be leaving Mississippi State a year early to pursue his NFL dreams, did over the four-day event.
The 6-foot 4-inch defensive tackle weighed in at 298 pounds, which wasn’t the highest. What Cox did finish first in is even more impressive, though. With a 40-yard dash time of 4.79 seconds, Cox finished with the fastest time among defensive tackles.
His performance at the scouting combine had one former great defensive lineman comparing Cox to himself.
“People always ask me every year, ‘Which guy do you see, Sapp, that really reminds you of yourself,” Warren Sapp, a four time All-Pro defensive tackle said during the NFL Networks’ coverage of the combine on Monday. “I look at the tape, and this is the one guy. Long arms, big hands, that size - 290, 300 pounds.”
Other drills Cox excelled in was the bench press, where he lifted 225 lbs. 30 times and a 26-inch vertical jump. Combine those things with his 34.5-inch arm length and Cox seems to fit the mold of an NFL defensive tackle. According to some experts, Cox is rated as high as the third-best defensive tackle.
“I think he’s in the top three in terms of the defensive tackles in this class, and it’s a deep defensive tackle class,” ESPN’s Todd McShay said on ESPN’s “First Draft” podcast.
The NFL Draft is set to run April 26-28, but Cox won’t have to wait long to hear his name called. It’s widely believed that Cox will go either in the mid-to-late first round.