Fletcher Cox   DE/DT   Mississippi St 

TALENT BOARD

 Round 1


STRENGTHS

Fletcher is just scratching the surface of his talent.  He has the strength and athletic talent to play multiple positions in any style of defensive front.  He can play in a 1-gap or 2-gap style of defense and shows excellent natural strength and explosiveness to be a dominating pass rusher as well as run stuffer.  Fletcher has an excellent attitude and never stops playing and giving effort until the whistle blows.  He looks to be a very good teammate and works well with others to make his teammates better.  This kid is not a media hog.  Fletcher is the definition of "upside".  You do not have to coach this kid up to get him to play his best, but you will have to teach him how to improve his techniques to get the full advantage of his talent.  He reminds me a lot of Justin Tuck (DE Giants) when he came out.  I considered Justin a 1st round talent and he was not drafted until the third round.  However, Fletcher...after his work outs, I expect for him to move up into the top ten of this draft.  He has that kind of potential.  This kid, talent wise, is just a pollywog which is why I call him Fletcher (Pollywog) Cox. 

 

CONCERNS

Fletcher just needs to be selected by a team with a good defensive staff.  One that will let him mature into the defensive match-up nightmare I see in his play right now.  He should develop quickly and, by the middle of his first year in the NFL, show signs of his future play.

 

BOTTOM LINE

Everyone always talks about upside, but I say you can't have upside unless the player has the talent, intelligence, work ethic and the NEED to be better than he is right now.  You can't have upside if that player doesn't realize himself that he can be a lot better than he is right now and what is holding him back is not himself, but the correct coaching.  Fletcher knows that right now, which is why he is getting out early.  He can learn no more from his college coaches and he needs to learn more about playing football and his position. He is teaching his teammates and they are looking to him, but he knows he doesn't know enough himself.  He is a smart kid and you can see it in his play on the field.  Right now, he is playing DT in a 4-3 defense.  But when it comes to a passing down they move him out to defensive end in that same 4-3 defense. You tell me... how many defensive tackles are moved to an outside position for a better pass rush?  Fletcher is not dumb.  He knows his true impact position is at defensive end in a 4-3 or 3-4.  He knows he has the skills to rush the passer from either defensive end position, but those skills and techniques are not going to be developed if he stays in college and plays DT in a 4-3.  He knows this, and I know this, and he will prove his explosiveness when he works out. You can talk all you want about the lack of technique Fetcher has right now and I cannot disagree, but do not try to tell me that this kid will not be an impact defensive lineman in the NFL.  Fletcher is on a mission to be one of the best and with his attitude and talent there is no doubt in my mind that he will succeed.  If you want to draft upside in the first round, then draft Fletcher (Pollywog) Cox.  Big mistake to pass on this kid at any point in the first round if you're looking for a dominating future pass rusher who will play the run just as well.  This pollywog will grow up fast and become one of the biggest and best bull frogs of the NFL swamp in a year or two.  Trust me on this. 

 The BS Detector 

 Drew Boylhart   Jan /12